Draken's aircraft flew alongside the Marine Adversary F-5s and FA-18 Super Hornets during exercise Winter Fury. Together the Red Air team they challenged the F-35B, FA-18, and AV-8B.

Draken adversary air Marine Corps exercise
Draken's L-159 jets fight against U.S. Marine Corps F-35B, FA-18, and AV-8B.

Draken International spent two weeks providing Adversary Air (ADAIR) support during exercise WINTER FURY at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar for the 3rd Marine Air Wing from November 27th to December 7th. The exercise was a high-end combat training event for 3d Marine Air Wing units, exercising full-scale Offensive Anti-Air Warfare, Air Interdiction, and Active Air Defense mission sets against a complex and advanced threat. As the industry’s leading provider of ADAIR training services, Draken International showcased 4th Generation capabilities utilizing a 4-ship of L-159 Honey Badgers that employ the highly capable GRIFO-L pulse Doppler radar.

Draken partnered with BAE Flight Systems, who provided advanced electronic attack and flew alongside the Marine Adversary F-5 aircraft of VMFT-401 and FA-18 Super Hornets of VX-9. Together the Red Air organizations delivered large force packages that challenged the F-35B, FA-18, and AV-8B squadrons of 3d Marine Air Wing. Draken flew a total of 46 day and night sorties supporting the exercise and provided mission planners, mission commanders, range training officers, and controllers to assist in the adversary presentations.

Draken is currently the only contract air provider approved to support the USAF Fighter Weapons School, and has supported 5th Generation training more than any other contract air provider, including F-22, F-35A, and F-35B aircraft from the United States Air Force, USMC and the Royal Netherlands Air Force.

According to a former USMC weapons school instructor and F-35B pilot, Draken uses former weapons school graduates and instructors from MAWTS-1, Top Gun, and USAF Fighter Weapons School as well as former and current Aggressor pilots from all of the services. Draken is also currently the only contract air provider authorized to conduct unlimited maneuvering against the Department of Defense.

Source: Draken International

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