ATAC - Airborne Tactical Advantage Company
by Trevor Nash in London
May 11, 2016

ATAC seeking international clients

Increasingly, governments are turning to service companies to provide military training services. In the US, Airborne Tactical Advantage Company LLC (ATAC), an operating unit of Textron, has been awarded a further contract as part of the US Navy's Contracted Air Services (CAS) programme.

This current award is a new $14.38 million modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, cost reimbursement, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract that is worth $41 million over the life of the programme.

As the CAS incumbent, ATAC provides contractor owned and operated Type III High Subsonic and Type IV Supersonic aircraft to US Navy Fleet customers for a wide variety of airborne threat simulation capabilities including air attack and electronic warfare training. The new contract covers the next 12 months and ends in May 2017.

The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting authority for the programme and overseas the delivery of air service training for the US Navy during fleet deployments across the globe.

The company operates from five bases across the world, including the continental US, Hawaii and Japan but can deploy to other locations as and when required. These have included Guam, Clark and U-Tapao air bases.

Formed in 1994, ATAC has a fleet of F-21 Kfir, Hawker Hunter Mk58 and L39 Albatros aircraft. According to the company, it is the 'world's largest outsourced civilian, tactical airborne training organization.'

The company has trained US Navy, Marine, Air Force and Army aircrew, ship crews and combat controllers in the air-to-ship, air-to-air, and air-to-ground arenas.

The trend is that this type of training contracted air service provision will continue. There are currently requirements for such services in Canada and the UK and a number of Gulf countries are also thought to be interested.

The reasons are clear to understand; CAS provides resources as the customer needs them without that customer having to maintain their own fleets. In addition, CAS companies maintain a focused and knowledgeable approach to providing 'red air' as after all, it is their sole function.

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