Canada's DA Defence trains German Air Force Eurofighter pilots


Canada-based Discovery Air Defence Services (DA Defence) has deployed two McDonnell Douglas A-4 Skyhawks to offer training support to the Eurofighter pilots of the German Air Force.

DA Defence chief operating officer Daniel Gibeau said: "Our modernised Skyhawks flown by highly seasoned pilots continue to provide positive training outcomes for the German military."

A wholly owned subsidiary of Discovery Air, DA Defence secured a contract in January 2014 to provide airborne training services to the German Armed Forces.

Under this five-year contract, the firm is responsible to provide fast jet airborne training services to the German Armed Forces using a fleet of seven Douglas A-4 aircraft.

"Our modernised Skyhawks flown by highly seasoned pilots continue to provide positive training outcomes for the German military."

The contract will see the company provide services from locations in Europe, including Germany, France, the Netherlands, Italy and Belgium.

As part of this contract, the company started deploying its A-4N fleet to Wittmund, Germany, in October 2014.

The training process started last January.

DA Defence German Operations senior programme manager Rolf Brandt said: "These missions mark an important achievement in our German programme.

"The Luftwaffe has placed their trust in Discovery Air Defence to deliver professionally operated, highly representative adversaries to train Germany's elite Eurofighter pilots in advanced fighter weapons skills and tactics."