In the week that Discovery Air Defence Services (DA Defence) announced its 50,000th hour of air combat training for the Canadian Armed Forces and allies, word on the street is that soon the private contracter will add Lockheed Martin F-16s to its fleet of 160 aircraft, to fly aggressor missions.
The company has been providing the Royal Canadian Air Force with adversary training since 2005, flying Breguet/Dornier Alpha Jets, then still under the former name of Top Aces. Moreover, the German Air Force trains against Discovery’s A-4 Skyhawks flying from Wittmund Airbase in the north. Mesa in Arizona (USA) stays to be the main operating base for the mother company, Discovery Air.
Watch the then still called Top Aces Alpha Jets taking off
(Footage © Discovery Air)
5th generation fighter
A change in the air fleet to a fourth generation fighter such as the F-16 is logic. As Garry Venman, VP of Business Development and Government Relations at DA Defence puts it: “Canadian and international air forces recognize our value proposition as they move towards 5th generation fighter aircraft. They need a proven adversary service to train for tomorrow’s threats, preserve valuable fleet life and save defence budget dollars.”
Discovery Air has about 850 people at work. Apart from flying military missions as part of DA Defence they fly air ambulance services, airborne fire services, provide helicopter operations of varios sorts, do fixed-wing air charter services plus giving their partners support, maintenance, overhaul, modification and more.
© 2015 Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger, including source information provided by Discovery Air
Featured image (top): A Discovery Air Defence Services Alpha Jet flying in formation with a Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 Hornet (Image © Discovery Air)