Canada-based adversary air training services provider Top Aces announced on April 26 it received a contract to deliver fast speed adversary services for the German Air Force.
The new German Armed Forces contract will become effective January 1, 2022, according to the company.
Top Aces will operate out of the Wittmundhafen Air Base, from where it has been providing advanced airborne training to the Bundeswehr for the past 6 years.
“As Germany’s trusted partner, we’re delighted to continue training its combat forces well into the future,” said Rolf Brandt, senior program manager – German operations at Top Aces.
Top Aces noted it is introducing new capabilities to raise the bar for the adversary air industry.
Beginning in 2017, the company invested in the development of a proprietary advanced aggressor mission system (AAMS) that allows for the use of active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar and infrared search-and-track (IRST) systems on a variety of aircraft types including Top Aces’ A-4N Skyhawk and F-16 Fighting Falcon.
The AAMS is a new technology that allows its aircraft to simulate the most advanced capabilities of modern-day opponents in air-to-air combat.
Flight testing and certification of the AAMS on Top Aces’ A-4N Skyhawk have been completed, enabling the company to begin delivering AAMS missions to Germany and to demonstrate this capability to potential customers in North America and Europe.
It is worth noting that earlier this year, Top Aces reached an agreement with the Israeli defense ministry to buy 29 F-16 fighter from the Israeli Air Force to bolster its adversary aircraft inventory.
“With both commercial and military airworthiness certifications on our international fleets of aircraft – meeting the most rigorous standards for ex-military aircraft in the world – Top Aces is uniquely positioned to serve the adversary air market worldwide,” said Didier Toussaint, Top Aces’ chief operating officer.