TacAir wins contract to provide Red Air service to U.S. Navy.

On November 13, Tactical Air Support Inc. (TacAir) announced that it had awarded a $ 106,789,764 five-year contract to provide the U.S. Navy airborne threat simulation capabilities to train aircrew and shipboard operators in countering potential enemy advanced airborne threats, tactics, electronic warfare and electronic attack. According to the company, the work will primarily be performed in Fallon, Nevada, and is expected to be completed in May 2023.

TacAir's upgraded F-5E/F Advanced Tiger aircraft are considered to be the best combination of threat representation, safety and efficiency for the US Navy. The legacy versions of the F-5 are currently in service with the Navy and the Marine Corps and the Allied Air Forces all over the world.

TacAir imported 21 Jordanian F-5Es in spring 2017, with a focus on 4th generation aggressor capability upgrades. The result is a comprehensive systems upgrade, utilizing technology specifically tailored to replicate existing and emerging threat aircraft. Improvements include: Duotech’s purpose built Nemesis radar, mission computer, threat weapons engagement zone (WEZ) replication software suite, purpose built Duotech’s Argus Radar Warning Receiver (RWR) gear, Mason modern hands on throttle and stick (HOTAS), Color multi-function display (MFD), Garmin moving map display, and the addition of internal architecture enabling easy integration of an external or internal jammer, captive missiles, IRST, P5 pod, and myriad air to ground ordinance.

TacAir is a company based in Reno, Nevada, that provides commercial air services, tactical aviation training, and technical advisory services for the US Military and its International partners. The TacAir team brings the industry’s finest cadre of proven leaders and aviators paired with one of the world’s largest commercial fleet of sustainable, safe, and upgraded F-5 aircraft. The staff consists of former Weapons School Instructors and Graduates, Operational Aviators, Adversaries and Test Pilots, Astronauts, Air Battle Managers, and Aviation Maintenance professionals.

Written by Matteo Sanzani
Source, Image: TacAir

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