After providing over four years of Close Air Support and Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) support to the United States Marine Corps (USMC) and the US Navy, Draken International has been awarded the follow-on Terminal Attack Controller Trainer (TACT) services contract.
The TACT contract, issued by the Naval Air Warfare Center, has a value of $250-million with a total ordering period of up to 10 years. This new contract will continue to ensure the USMC and US Navy’s Forward Air Controllers and JTACs certification and qualification training and readiness needs are met.
Draken has employed over 2,000 training ordnances on ranges in support of JTAC training for the USMC and the Naval Aviation Warfighting Development Center. Draken will continue to operate the advanced Douglas T/A-4K Skyhawk aircraft complemented by its fleet of L-159 Honey Badgers. Draken’s L-159s currently provide adversary air support for the US Air Force and Air National Guard.
“These two platforms will guarantee a decade of delivering professional, safe, and on-time training solutions for the United States Marine Corps and the United States Navy,” states Lt. Col Jeff Scott, a retired USMC AV-8B / F-35 pilot now serving as Draken’s director of USMC Business Development. “Our A-4 and L-159 jet aircraft accurately represent U.S. fighter/attack aircraft speeds, profiles and tactics,” adds Scott.
In addition to the TACT contract, the company has also recently added 24 Mirage F-1M/B and 12 Cheetahs to its fleet, furthering its commitment to expand capacity and capabilities. Both fleets of supersonic, radar equipped jets are extremely low-time, affording Draken the ability to provide the warfighter 4th generation adversary training.