Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) efficiently accomplished the primary contractor-owned, contractor-operated (COCO) air fight coaching mission with the U.S. Air Pressure in Europe. This coaching represents a milestone for contracted adversary air coaching exterior the USA and enhances the coaching readiness for U.S. Air Forces in Europe/Air Forces Africa (USAFE-AFAFRICA). Teaming accomplice Prime Aces, Inc., a world chief in air fight coaching, offered adversary air assist by flying the contractor-owned, contractor-operated Douglas A-4N Skyhawks. Over a 16-month interval main as much as the air fight coaching mission, HII architected the coaching program and facilitated the coordination of all operational elements with European governments, regulatory businesses and USAFE-AFAFRICA. The air fight coaching program allows U.S. Air Forces in Europe to guage coaching effectiveness, suitability and interoperability of contractor-operated air coaching for U.S. forces within the European theater. COCO coaching assist stays a key possibility that’s value efficient for the U.S. authorities, whereas maximizing coaching and lengthening the service lifetime of fight gear.

Prime Aces Inc. is a Montreal, Quebec-based defence contractor that gives contracted airborne coaching providers to the Canadian Armed Forces by the Contracted Airborne Coaching Providers (CATS) program. Prime Aces operates a fleet of modernized fighter plane to offer Purple Air menace replication, Joint Terminal Assault Controller (JTAC) coaching, apply munitions drop, air-to-air gunnery coaching and naval goal tow profiles for the Canadian and German militaries. It additionally offers digital warfare coaching and techniques growth, and helps superior radar trials in nationally managed environments. All Digital Warfare Officers and EW function gear are offered by the 414 Digital Warfare Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Pressure (RCAF) as a part of the CATS contract. Canadian Armed Forces personnel are licensed to fly on board Prime Aces fighter plane.


“Adversary coaching enhances the U.S. safety protection posture, allows freedom of motion, fosters world safety and will increase fight effectiveness. HII is proud to have assisted on this ground-breaking effort in partnership with Prime Aces to deliver superior COCO adversary plane coaching to USAFE-AFAFRICA’s fighter squadrons. December’s flights with the U.S. Air Pressure in Europe’s 480th Fighter Squadron Warhawks at Spangdahlem Air Base, have been the fruits of months of labor by the HII workforce and accomplice Prime Aces. We introduced subtle contractor adversary air coaching with superior capabilities to a front-line fighter squadron throughout the distinctive constraints of Europe’s regulatory and airspace atmosphere. Though the sort of coaching has turn out to be commonplace for U.S.-based fighter items, that is the primary evaluation in USAFE-AFAFRICA’s European space of duty,” mentioned Garry Schwartz, president of the ISR enterprise group inside HII’s Technical Options division.

Work was carried out below the persistent multi-role operations job order for U.S. Air Pressure Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, issued below the one acquisition answer for built-in providers contract by the U.S. Common Providers Administration. HII is a world engineering and protection applied sciences supplier. With a 135-year historical past of trusted partnerships in advancing U.S. nationwide safety, HII delivers important capabilities starting from essentially the most highly effective and survivable naval ships ever constructed, to unmanned methods, ISR and AI/ML analytics. HII leads the business in mission-driven options that assist and allow a networked, all-domain pressure. Headquartered in Virginia, HII’s expert workforce is 44,000 sturdy.

A Prime Aces A-4 Skyhawk taxis after touchdown on Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, for an adversary air (ADAIR) utility evaluation. The 52nd Fighter Wing was chosen to take part within the first-ever implementation of civilian-contracted adversary air utility evaluation within the U.S. European Command theater of operations as a part of an ongoing program to evaluate the effectiveness of this system.