Draken International L-159
Gareth Jennings, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly
03 June 2018
The US Air Force (USAF) has awarded Draken International a five-year USD280 million contract to provide continued contractor-based ‘Red Air’ training.
The indefinite-quantity contract for adversary air aggressor services awarded on 1 June will continue to support the company’s provision of contractor-owned contractor-operated (COCO) “tactically-relevant aircraft” for air-to-air tracking, targeting, and adversary air (ADAIR) operations.
“Aggressor sorties are generated by COCO flight operations, to provide combat air training services that include tactical profiles, to include beyond-visual-range engagements, operational test support, dissimilar air combat manoeuvres, offensive and defensive within-visual-range manoeuvres, multiship tactics, merges, and flight. ADAIR sorties will integrate as part of the Air Force aggressor force in support of ADAIR requirements,” the contract award notification said.
As noted by the USAF’s 99th Contracting Squadron, Draken will continue to operate its services out of Nellis Air Force Base (AFB) in Nevada through to December 2023.
Florida-based Draken already maintains a sizeable ‘Red Air’ presence at Nellis AFB, providing COCO aggressor training for the USAF Weapons School, and for USAF and international allies at event such as the Red Flag series of exercises. The company also provides services out of Luke AFB in Arizona, as well as in the Utah Test and Training Range (UTTR) in support of Lockheed Martin F-35A Lighting II Joint Strike Fighters based at Hill AFB in Utah. In addition to Nellis AFB, Luke AFB, and Hill AFB, Draken has also completed numerous successful deployments to Holloman AFB, Edwards AFB, Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Yuma, MCAS Cherry Point, MCAS Miramar, and Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River, and Draken aircraft are used in various types of military training objectives around the globe to include support for the USAF, US Navy, US Marine Corps, and international partners.
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