Airborne Tactical Advantage Company LLC, part of the Textron Systems segment of Textron Inc (NYSE: TXT), has been selected to provide Eglin Air Force Base with adversary air live training under the Combat Air Forces (CAF) Contracted Air Support (CAS) program.
Under the award, worth up to $92 million, ATAC will provide adversary air live training to F-22 and F-35 pilots at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. The award provides for over 1,100 sorties per year for up to 4.5 years, which will be provided by ATAC’s fleet of Mirage F1 fighter aircraft and is expected to commence by January 2021.
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The award is the last of an initial round of six operating locations (OLs) the U.S. Air Force has selected under the CAF CAS program, with the Air Force stating its intention to eventually contract for such services at up to 22 OLs: 12 for adversary air and 10 for contracted close air support (CCAS). ATAC has now been selected for three of those adversary air OLs: Eglin Air Force Base, Florida; Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico; and Luke Air Force Base, Arizona. Additionally, ATAC was selected to provide CCAS training for U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command Joint Terminal Air Controllers (JTACs) under the same program.
ATAC’s flight operations at Holloman AFB are scheduled to commence this month and at Luke AFB by the end of this year.