|USAFE SELECTS ATAC FOR JTAC SUPPORT CONTRACT IN EUROPE
Company Provides Commercial Air Services supporting Airborne Fighter Requirements for DoD
Mr. Matt Bannon, Director of Public Relations
PR Newswire - site
NEWPORT NEWS, Va., (September 29, 2011) – United States Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) has selected ATAC (Airborne Tactical Advantage Company) to win a heavily competed Joint Terminal Attack Controller contract in Germany. ATAC, the U.S. leader in outsourced tactical airborne services for 16 years, has been awarded the flying contract for Close Air Support (CAS) Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) training in support of USAFE, Warrior Preparation Center (WPC), and Air Ground Operations School (AGOS). Flying will be conducted primarily in Germany over the course of the 4-year contract.
Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTACs) have become crucial links in the targeting chain for US forces overseas and ongoing contingency operations, often meaning the difference between life and death for troops on the ground. ATAC's services will be pivotal in the qualification of combat JTACs authorized to perform terminal attack control and the recognized experts in directed release of ordnance during covert and non-covert operations. ATAC anticipates offering Intelligence, Reconnaissance and Surveillance (ISR) in the future to complement training.
ATAC currently trains JTACs for the USAF in Hawaii, Joint Special Operations Units at MCAS Yuma, Arizona, for the USMC at multiple locations within the United States, and for the USN at Naval Air Station Fallon, NV. From ATAC's President, Jeffrey Parker, "We're pleased to have been selected by USAFE and look forward to deploying our experienced team to support the Air Force in Germany." ATAC operates a fleet of 22 tactical aircraft and anticipates simultaneous operations both in Europe and the United States in support of Air-to-Ground training requirements. This award confirms ATAC's vision "To be the recognized industry leader for tactical aviation training to US and allied militaries worldwide, delivering cost-effective, continually advancing capabilities".
Operating since 1996, ATAC now saves more than $80 million in annual training costs for DoD. ATAC has flown over 24,000 flight hours training U.S. forces, providing cost-effective advanced training. ATAC is the only civilian tactical airborne services provider approved to train at the Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) and the Navy Strike Air Warfare Center, and also is the only civilian entity approved to fly against U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptors. The Company is headquartered in Virginia.