Top Aces Corp., a leading provider of advanced adversary training and the only company in the world to own and operate the F-16 commercially, today announced receipt of Military Flight Release (MFR) from the United States Air Force (USAF) for its F-16 Advanced Aggressor Fighter (AAF) aircraft. Equipped with Top Aces’ proprietary Advanced Aggressor Mission System (AAMS), the F-16 AAF replicates near-peer adversary fighter aircraft. Since AAMS is founded on open system architecture, it facilitates the rapid integration of sensors and functions to match evolving adversary threats. MFR allows Top Aces’ F-16 AAFs, the most sophisticated adversary air platform on the market today, to immediately begin supporting USAF flight training programs.
“To provide effective training to pilots flying fifth-generation fighters – such as the F-22 or F-35 – we must match the capabilities of near-peer adversary fighter aircraft. By combining the power and avionics of the F-16 with AAMS, we can replicate contemporary adversary threats with accuracy and cost-efficiency. And now with MFR, Top Aces is cleared to deliver the most advanced training solution available to the USAF,” says Russ Quinn, President, Top Aces Corp., a 26-year USAF veteran and former Aggressor pilot.
Today, the F-16 AAF is fielded with:
Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) air-to-air radar
Scorpion Helmet-Mounted Cueing System (HMCS)
Tactical datalink communications
Infrared search and track (IRST) systems
Advanced electronic attack pod employment
Passive radio frequency (RF) detection capabilities
High fidelity weapon simulation – accurately replicates adversary weapons and tactics
An array of tactical functions coordinating the above systems which offer a wide spectrum of realistic adversary effects.
With more than 100,000 accident-free flight hours, Top Aces Holdings Inc. and its subsidiaries including Blue Air Training provide advanced adversary air (ADAIR) and joint terminal attack controller (JTAC) technology and training to the world’s leading air forces. The company has the largest fleet of commercially-operated fighter aircraft in active service and is the world’s only commercial owner/operator of the F-16. Top Aces mission-critical training enhances the operational readiness of combat forces by delivering real-world experience while creating significant cost efficiencies and extending the lifecycle of military aircraft fleets.