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Discovery Air Defence offering F-16s for USAF CAF Adversary Air competition

17 October 2017

Key Points

  • Discovery Air Defence is offering F-16s for the USAF’s AdAir competition
  • Discovery is part of a potentially crowded field aiming for a multi-billion-dollar programme

Discovery Air Defence is offering General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon multirole fighters for the US Air Force’s (USAF) massive combat air forces (CAF) Adversary Air (AdAir) services competition, according to a company executive.

Discovery Air Defence plans to offer F-16s for the USAF's CAF AdAir competition. (US Air Force)Discovery Air Defence plans to offer F-16s for the USAF's CAF AdAir competition. (US Air Force)

Garry Venman, Discovery Air Defence executive vice-president of business development and government relations, told Jane’s in a recent interview he believes the company’s F-16 offer separates it from competitors, who Venman said are offering third-generation solutions trying to be fourth-generation. Venman said Discovery Air Defence has finalised a deal to acquire the aircraft, and though he would not provide specifics, he said it was for a large volume of aircraft.

There is a growing demand around the world, not just in the United States, for companies to provide adversary air training solutions to militaries. Not only is the USAF soliciting bids, but Venman said the US Navy is in source selection for its own procurement. In addition, he said the United Kingdom has an active competition called Air Support to Departmental Operational Training (ASDOT). Venman said ASDOT is a 15-year programme buying everything from business jets with electronic warfare equipment to high subsonic and supersonic aircraft.

AdAir promises to be a heavily anticipated programme as Venman expects multiple awards for as much as USD6 billion combined. Jeffrey Parker, CEO of bidder Airborne Tactical Advantage Company (ATAC), told Jane’s in September the USAF is looking to procure services providing nearly 37,000 hours of flight, using 140-150 fighter aircraft spread among 12 or 13 different bases. ATAC is offering French Dassault F1 multirole fighters.

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