DRAKEN’S DEN

Combat Aircraft meets Draken International, one of the leading contractor air service companies in the US and the recent winner of a competition to provide ongoing support at Nellis AFB.

One of Draken’s former Royal New Zealand Air Force A-4K Skyhawks. Frank Crébas/ Bluelife Aviation

COMMERCIAL ADVERSARY AIR (ADAIR) support is among the fastest-growing sectors of the military aviation market. In the US, ADAIR requirements have exploded over recent years, a far cry from the minor need for contracted adversary support that was mainly seen within the US Navy in the past. The US Air Force went swiftly from zero contractor support in this area to a multi-layered, pan-service requirement. In June this year, the Department of Defense (DoD) awarded Draken International the five-year, $280-million ADAIR II contract. It built on a ground-breaking study phase that saw Draken supporting USAF training activities taking place at Nellis AFB, Nevada. Now the requirement is expanding yet further as the USAF seeks similar solutions across the wider fighter community.

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