Orbital ATK has been contracted by the US Government to repair trainer aircraft for the Iraqi Air Force (IAF).

The company is tasked with repairing 12 Cessna 172 Skyhawks and five Cessna Caravans to help IAF to continue its security mission.

Orbital ATK Defense Systems Group Defense Electronic Systems Division vice-president and general manager Cary Ralston said: “Orbital ATK has a proven track record of supporting the Iraqi Air Force.

“The technical competence of our Contractor Logistics Support team and their dedication to our customers is demonstrated daily. They are eager to begin the aircraft repairs so there can be an increase in pilot training activities.”

Since 2007, Orbital ATK has delivered three armed aircraft (AC-208B), three reconnaissance aircraft (RC-208B), and five trainer aircraft (TC-208B) to the IAF.

"They are eager to begin the aircraft repairs so there can be an increase in pilot training activities."

The company has also provided in-country maintenance, logistics support and student training on the missionised Caravans.

The AC-208 Eliminator belongs to Orbital ATK's Special Mission Aircraft product portfolio, which is said to provide battle-proven, responsive and advanced capabilities to customer-preferred platforms.

The company has been outfitting various aircraft with integrated intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. Aircraft include the Cessna 208B Caravan, Alenia C-27J Spartan, CASA CN-235/295, Lockheed C-130 Hercules, Bombardier Dash-8, Hawker Beechcraft King Air, Sikorsky H-60 Blackhawk, and AgustaWestland AW139. It is also providing contractor logistics support services.

Orbital ATK provides weaponisation, mission systems architecture, as well as aircraft integration and certification of complex subsystems.