Discovery Air to supply airborne training services to German Armed Forces

3 February 2014 (Last Updated February 3rd, 2014 18:30)

Discovery Air's wholly-owned subsidiary, Discovery Air Defence Services, has been awarded a contract to provide airborne training services to the German Armed Forces.

Skyhawk aircraft

Discovery Air's wholly-owned subsidiary, Discovery Air Defence Services, has been awarded a contract to provide airborne training services to the German Armed Forces.

Under the contract, the company will provide high-quality fast jet airborne training services to the army, utilising a fleet of seven Douglas A-4 carrier-capable attack aircraft.

The training services are scheduled to be provided from various locations in Europe, including Germany, France, the Netherlands, Belgium and Italy, for a period of five years.

Defence Services president Paul Bouchard said the opportunity to provide services to the German Armed Forces is a testament to the experience and professionalism of the Discovery Air Defence Services Team.

"We have provided over 41,000 hours of high-quality airborne training services to the Canadian Armed Forces and earned a reputation as a premier provider of combat support solutions."

''This, coupled with the recent acquisition of Advanced Training Systems International, is further evidence of our commitment to expanding our international footprint in the military airborne training space,'' Bouchard said.

''Over the last eight years, we have provided over 41,000 hours of high-quality airborne training services to the Canadian Armed Forces and earned a reputation as a premier provider of combat support solutions.''

Around 1,200 flight hours per year are expected to be performed by the company under the contract, starting in January 2015.

Designed and manufactured by Douglas Aircraft Company / McDonnell Douglas, the Douglas A-4 is a lightweight, single-engine aircraft designed to attack and destroy surface targets in support of the landing force commander, escort helicopters and also conduct other operations as directed.


Image: a US Navy's Douglas A-4L Skyhawk aircraft in flight. Photo: courtesy of USN.

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