Military Capabilities

AFA 2017: ATAC buys French F1s for massive USAF Adversary Air training competition

21 September 2017

Key Points

  • ATAC buys French F1 aircraft in preparation for US Air Force Adversary Air competition
  • The USAF could spend billions of dollars acquiring this capability

Virginia-based Airborne Tactical Advantage Company (ATAC) has bought 61 French Dassault F1 multirole fighter aircraft to offer for a massive US Air Force (USAF) combat air forces (CAF) Adversary Air (AdAir) services competition, according to company officials.

ATAC CEO Jeffrey Parker told Jane’s on 18 September that he expected the CAF AdAir competition to be worth billions of dollars as the USAF is looking to procure services providing nearly 37,000 hours of flight, using 140 to 150 fighter aircraft spread among 12 or 13 different bases.

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