US AIR FORCE Special Operations Command (AFSOC) has reportedly shown interest in acquiring a replacement aircraft for its fleet of non-standard Fairchild Dornier 328 turboprops.
Operated under the non-standard designation C-146A, the ‘Wolfhounds’ are used to conduct discreet transport missions of special operations personnel as part of the Foreign Internal Defense (FID) mission. Just over 100 Do 328s were built and fewer than 60 remain in service worldwide, with AFSOC being the largest single operator of the type.
Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) recently revealed plans to restart production of the aircraft in Leipzig, Germany. SNC’s 328 Support Services subsidiary delivered the C-146As to the USAF and it currently holds the aircraft’s type certificate.