This capability falls under Air Affairs' existing Jet Air Support contract commencing in Q3 of 2017.
The partnership and contract is part of a two-year trial contract to provide Red Air aggressor training and fighter support for the Australian Defence Force (ADF).
Three fully crewed and maintained Alpha Jets will be based at RAAF Williamtown to provide Red Air for Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) training, Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) training for the Australian Army and anti-surface training for the Royal Australian Navy. Operations, maintenance and logistics for Alpha Jets in Williamtown and at Albatross Aviation Technology Park (AATP) Nowra will be supported by an integrated Air Affairs and DA Defence team.
Managing director of Air Affairs Chris Sievers said, "Air Affairs and Discovery Air Defence are proud to be selected for this initial Fast Jet trial. The capabilities and expertise of both companies will be combined to deliver highly representative threats and training to produce specialist trained and competent RAAF, Army and Navy combat personnel."
President of Discovery Air Defence Paul Bouchard said, "Discovery Air Defence is trusted by the world’s leading air forces to deliver cost effective operational training support. Both Discovery Air Defence and Air Affairs are proud to be selected by the Australian government to bring our combined capabilities and experience to improve the operational readiness of the Australian Defence Force."
Air Affairs Australia is 100 per cent Australian-owned, ISO 90001 Quality Certified, Australian Defence Security cleared and provided aircraft operations under full CASA certification.
Air Affairs Australia owns and operates a fleet of special mission Learjet and Kingair aircraft, providing specialised air training support services to the Australian Defence Force. The aircraft also fulfil other special mission roles, including turn-key high altitude bushfire reconnaissance services.
Discovery Air specialises in aviation services and offers air combat training, medevac equipped aircraft services, airborne fire services, air charter services, helicopter operations and transport and logistics support to ensure operational readiness, health, safety and vital lifelines for their clients.