The Hercules will soon be augmented by theLight Transport recently selected by the U.S. Army and the for the Joint Cargo (JCA) program. The aircraft was designed by the Italian company Alenia Aeronautica (from the Finmeccanica group). The aircraft will be built and supported in the US by a team led by the L-3 Communications group, with team members Integrated Defense Systems (IDS), and Global Military Aircraft Systems (GMAS). The aircraft is a medium range, multifunctional aircraft, designed for logistical resupply missions, medical evacuation, troops and airdrop operations. The aircraft will support U.S. Army and operations, including force projection, humanitarian assistance and homeland security. The will replace the Shorts C-23 Sherpas, C-12 and C-26 aircraft.