The Airborne Tactical Advantage Company (ATAC, part of Textron Airborne Solutions) has announced plans for a ‘Adversary Center of Excellence’ (ATAC-ACE) to perform its maintenance, repair and overhaul work at Fort Worth Alliance Airport, Texas.
The facility will be the center of the company’s largest operation to date, covering maintenance of over 80 fast jets that will operate around the US. This includes the company’s new Mirage F1s.
ATAC purchased 63 Mirage F1 fighters from France last year along with support equipment and 150 engines. It plans to use the Mirages in relation to the USAF’s Adversary Air (ADAIR) requirement, which requires almost 150 aircraft to fulfill the service’s Red Air training needs. Textron is planning to retrofit around 45 of the F1s with modern avionics systems such as digital radio-frequency memory-jamming capabilities and upgraded radars.
ATAC currently flies about 5,000 hours annually in support of the US Navy’s training efforts with around 25 aircraft. Several other companies including Draken International, Top Aces, and Tactical Air Support, are expected to respond to the USAF request.