Discovery Air Defence Services (DA Defence – a wholly owned subsidiary of Discovery Air) and Air Affairs Australia have been awarded a two-year trial contract to provide red air aggressor training and fighter support for the Australian Defence Force, the companies announced on 1 March. The trial will commence in the third quarter of 2017.
The ‘Jet Air Support – Fast Jet Trial’ centres on three highly-advanced ALPHA JETs based at RAAF Base Williamtown. These upgraded jets feature dual touch screens, new radios and GPS receivers for enhanced precision and safety. DA Defence will use the aircraft to provide red air and fighter support to the Royal Australian Air Force, Joint Terminal Attack Controller (“JTAC”) training to the Australian Army, and anti-surface training for the Royal Australian Navy.
“We are very proud to be selected by the Australian government and Air Affairs to bring our capabilities and experience to the Australian Defence Force," said Paul Bouchard, President of Discovery Air Defence. "We are exporting Canadian excellence and expertise to a key ally. We are trusted by the world’s leading air forces to deliver highly-representative threats and training to produce the world’s best fighter pilots.”
“Air Affairs Australia is pleased to be working closely with Discovery Air Defence for the Fast Jet Trial,” Chris Sievers, Managing Director of Air Affairs Australia, concluded. "Discovery Air Defence’s proven track record in contracted air services brings a complimentary solution to our current Jet Air Services contract. Our common commitment to the highest levels of safety and airworthiness will ensure the best training for the Australian Defence Force."