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US Air Force Private Adversary Fleet


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This is what the US Air Forces private adversary fleet is made up of, this does not include the Air Forces active adversary fleet.

Sizing Up The U.S. Air Force’s Adversary Aircraft Fleet
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The U.S. Air Force has awarded contracts to seven companies that will provide advanced adversary and close air support threat services. The contracts—worth up to $6.4 billion over the next five years—have gone to Air USA Inc., Airborne Tactical Advantage Co., Blue Air Training, Coastal Defense, Draken International, Tactical Air Supportand Top Aces Corp. Here is a look at the private fleets of aircraft from around the world that these companies will use to help alleviate the U.S. Air Force’s pilot shortage.
Data compiled by Daniel Urchick and Matt Jouppi/Aviation Week Intelligence Network

Credit (clockwise): Aero Vodochody, Air USA Inc., Air USA Inc., Lestocq/Wikimedia

Credit (clockwise): Tactical Air Support Inc., Rob Schleiffert/Wikimedia, Cirrus Aircraft, Aero Vodochody

Credit (clockwise): Lestocq/Wikimedia, Blue Air Training, BAE Systems

Credit (clockwise): Rob Schleiffert/Wikimedia, Draken International, Draken International, French Air Force, Italian Air Force

Credit (clockwise): ATAC, Nigel Howarth/AW&ST, Rob Schleiffert/Wikimedia, ATAC, Top Aces

Credit (clockwise): Gerard Van Der Schaaf, Cessna, Lestocq/Wikimedia, Aero Vodochody, Jerry Gunner/Wikimedia, Rob Hodgkins, Joceuer120/Wikimedia


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ATAC Selected To Provide Adversary Training At Eglin Air Force Base

October 4, 2020


A Mirage F1 of ATAC photographed during landing after a training mission. (Photo: ATAC)

This contract adds to the other two awarded to the company for training at Luke and Holloman Air Force Bases

As we reported in the past, the U.S. Air Force is contracting the adversary training under the Combat Air Forces (CAF) Contracted Air Support (CAS) program to improve the training of the Formal Training Units (FTU) and increase the number of new pilots trained. On September 29, ATAC (Airborne Tactical Advantage Company) announced that it has been awarded a contract for the last location that was still pending, Eglin Air Force Base.

With this contract, worth up to USD 92 million, ATAC is tasked with providing over 1100 flight sorties per year up to four and a half years to support pilot training for the F-22s and F-35s assigned to the 43d Fighter Squadron “Hornets” (Tyndall AFB) and 58th FS “Mighty Gorillas” (Eglin AFB), respectively.

ATAC stated in the press release that the adversary support will be provided by the company’s Mirage F1 fleet.

As already explained, the original Combat Air Force Contracted Air Support (CAF CAS) multi-award contract, was announced to cover 40,000 flight hours of adversary training at 12 different air bases and 10,000 flight hours is support of Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTAC) training at nine Army bases. After some reductions, the current program’s first phase features a little less than 9,000 flight sorties at six bases for the first year and an optional three year-extension for a total of over 26,000 flight sorties.

The six bases involved are Kingsley Field ANGB, Luke AFB, Holloman AFB, Eglin AFB, Seymour Johnson AFB and Kelly Field, home of FTUs for F-15s, F-16s, F-22s and F-35s. The Air Force is wishing to provide the same adversary support to all air bases, but due to the budget it was decided to prioritize training bases.


The first Mirage F1B belonging to ATAC during a test flight after refurbishment. (Photo: ATAC)

As of yet, ATAC was selected for more of 50% of the contracts for this first round of Contracted Air Support, providing adversary aircraft at Luke AFB, Holloman AFB and Eglin AFB, with the first two being the largest contracts in the program. The other three bases’ contracts went to Draken International and TacAir, with the former working at Seymour Johnson AFB and Kelly Field and the latter at Kingsley Field ANGB.

Back in August, ATAC was awarded another contract of the CAF/CAS program, the Contract Close Air Support (CCAS) for Air Force Special Operations Command’s (AFSOC) Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) training. ATAC partnered for this task with Valkyrie Aero and the two companies will support training at up to ten locations throughout the continental United States with the L-39 Albatros and A-27 Tucano, respectively, for 900 annual flight sorties and more than 1,100 flight hours.

ATAC’s flight operations at Holloman AFB are scheduled to begin this month and at Luke AFB by the end of the year, while Eglin AFB’s operations will begin by January 2021.