Germany contracts Top Aces to deliver advanced airborne training

by Gareth Jennings

Germany has contracted Top Aces to deliver fast jet adversary air training services to its armed forces from 1 January 2022.

A Douglas A-4N Skyhawk jet belonging to Top Aces (formerly Discovery Air) seen during a recent iteration of the Berlin Airshow in Germany. (Janes/Gareth Jennings)

A Douglas A-4N Skyhawk jet belonging to Top Aces (formerly Discovery Air) seen during a recent iteration of the Berlin Airshow in Germany. (Janes/Gareth Jennings)

Announced by the Canadian-based contractor owned and contractor operated (COCO) company on 26 April, the contract is a follow-on award for Top Aces, which has been providing its services to the German armed forces over the previous six years.

“In support of the growing programme, we plan to increase our staffing levels in Germany, adding more than 20 highly skilled employment opportunities to the local economy,” Senior Program Manager, German Operations, at Top Aces, Rolf Brandt said.

Top Aces (formerly Discovery Air) fields Dornier Alpha Jets, Douglas A-4 Skyhawks, and Bombardier Learjets that it uses for contractor COCO training, and recently began receiving 29 former Israeli Air Force Lockheed Martin F-16A/B ‘Netz’ jets also.

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