Dutchy wrote:What kind of competition is this? Could it be a privately operated a/c to provide adversary training just like some companies in the US (Mirage F-1 spring to mind) are providing. If that is the case, it doesn't matter if these a/c a new to the inventory.
‘With Draken we can provide fourth-generation adversaries (electronic attack pods, radars, etc) for a fifth of the operating cost of an F-16 or F-15. That is the value of our service. We deliver enhanced training for a much, much lower cost. If we were to purchase F-16s, we would not be able to offer any cost savings at all.
It is set to acquire F-16 Fighting Falcons from an undisclosed source with the knowledge of the benefits such a platform would bring fourth- and fifth-generation fighter pilot training. It is understood to be aiming for four single-seat Block 10 F-16A models and two F-16B models, with plans for 10 in total, with the jets in question being described as having a ‘decent, low level of flying hours’. The potential fleet of ‘Vipers’ will be offered as aggressor trainers for NATO allies, as a capable threat at a fraction of the cost.
Devilfish wrote:I understand that the Flygvapnet have excess JAS-39 A/Bs in storage.....perhaps those could be acquired and reconditioned/modified to suit the DACT role more economically -- as opposed to new-build frames?
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