Advanced adversary air training provider Top Aces has welcomed its first batch of F-16 fighter jets to its F-16 Center of Excellence (CoE) in Mesa, Arizona, US.
Under the US Air Force (USAF) Combat Air Force Contracted Air Support contract, Top Aces was selected as the winner to provide F-16 adversary training for the USAF, the US Navy and the Department of Defense (DoD).
The firm received the notice of the indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) award in October 2019. It will start providing the services from this year.
Top Aces president Russ Quinn said: “Our vision is to be the most trusted provider of innovative combat training solutions in a highly specialised industry where experience matters.
“We acquired our fleet of F-16s in order to fulfil our vision of training the next generation of combat leaders here in the US.
“For the past fifteen years, Top Aces has effectively and affordably trained airforce leaders throughout the world. We’re excited to join with the USAF and bring both professional and highly credible adversary air capability to the US.”
The arrival of the aircraft makes Top Aces the world’s first commercial provider to offer the supersonic F-16.
The upgraded fleet of F-16 fighters can employ an active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, helmet-mounted cueing system, tactical datalink and high off boresight missile capability.
Under the contract, the company will provide advanced adversary air capabilities and compete for individual tenders at twelve USAF bases.
In January 2019, Top Aces achieved a milestone of 75,000 hours of operational air combat training during a deployment to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.