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Dornier C-146 Wolfhound

Special Missions Support

Germany | 2000

"The C-146 Wolfhound is a United States military conversion of the Dornier Do 328 turboprop regional airliner from Germany and used to support Special Operations missions."

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The twin-engined, civilian market Dornier Do 328 turboprop regional airliner serves as the basis for the United State military's C-146 "Wolfhound" transport. The modified aircraft is used by United States Special Operations COMmand (U.S. SOCOM) in the frontline transport role, conducting various missions in support of special forces actions. The series has been in constant service with the branch since October 2011 and continues to play an integral role in operations throughout the world.

The aircraft retains much of the form and function that makes the Model 328 a commercial success. It relies on two powerful Pratt & Whitney Canada PW119C series turboprop engines driving multi-blade propeller units to achieve the necessary performance and has inherently excellent short-field/rough-field traits, allowing it to serve from prepared and unprepared runaways as needed. The high-wing mounting of the mainplane provides the necessary lift-versus-drag, enhancing these traits. The operating crew of two sit side-by-side at the cockpit which is aft of a short, sloped nosecone assembly offering excellent vision. Beyond this, the airframe relies on a proven T-style tailplane arrangement and short-legged tricycle landing gear.

Internally, the aircraft can be arranged to haul passengers (up to twenty-seven) or cargo (rated up to 6,000lb) or a mix of the two. Various cargo configurations are available for modularity and mission flexibility. Additionally, the platform can be outfitted to undertake the MEDEVAC role and ferry wounded elements out of harm's way and towards safety and medical care (up to four litters can he ferried). A dedicated loadmaster crewmember manages the hold and its contents.

Each engine outputs 2,282 horsepower allowing the aircraft to reach speeds of 310 miles-per-hour and range out to 1,500 nautical miles. Its service ceiling is 31,000 feet.

Currently (2021), US SOCOM makes use of twenty C-146A models in active service, these currently being operated across four primary commands around the world.

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Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Dornier C-146 Wolfhound Special Missions Support.
2 x Pratt & Whitney PW119C turboprop engines developing 2,180 horsepower each driving six-bladed propeller units.
217 mph
350 kph | 189 kts
Max Speed
31,168 ft
9,500 m | 6 miles
Service Ceiling
1,153 miles
1,855 km | 1,002 nm
Operational Range
City-to-City Ranges
Operational range when compared to distances between major cities (in KM).
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the Dornier C-146 Wolfhound Special Missions Support.
69.7 ft
21.25 m
O/A Length
68.9 ft
(21.00 m)
O/A Width
23.1 ft
(7.05 m)
O/A Height
20,062 lb
(9,100 kg)
Empty Weight
30,865 lb
(14,000 kg)
Design Balance
The three qualities reflected below are altitude, speed, and range. The more full the box, the more balanced the design.
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the Dornier C-146 Wolfhound Special Missions Support .
None. Support for up to 27 passengers or 6,000lb of internally-held cargo. Also four patient litters when used in the MEDEVAC role.
Notable series variants as part of the Dornier C-146 Wolfhound family line.
C-146 "Wolfhound" - Base Series Designation; based in the Dornier 328 turboprop airliner series.
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the Dornier C-146 Wolfhound. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national aircraft listing.

Total Production: 20 Units

Contractor(s): Dornier - Germany
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