TORONTO, June 22, 2016 /CNW/ - Discovery Air Defence Services Inc., (DA Defence) a wholly owned subsidiary of Discovery Air Inc. announced today that its Standing Offers to provide interim Contracted Airborne Training Services ("ICATS") to the Government of Canada has been extended until December 2017, with two additional six-month option periods.
DA Defence has been the exclusive supplier of "fast jet" (Type 1) and "business jet" (Type 2) airborne training services to the Canadian Armed Forces through these Standing Offers since 2005. The ICATS program supports live-fly Adversary, Joint Terminal Attack Controller training, Electronic Warfare and Electronic Attack training as well as live fire target practice.
"Our team of retired CF-18 pilots, maintenance technicians and staff are pleased to continue to deliver this service to the Canadian Armed Forces. With over 58,000 hours of combat support training delivered over the past eleven years, we have built unparalleled experience, have had an exemplary flight safety record, all while maintaining industry-leading service levels, including a 98%+ mission success rate. With the largest operating fleet of combat support aircraft in the world, and a footprint across Canada, the U.S., and Europe, DA Defence continues to proudly export Canadian expertise to the world," stated Paul Bouchard, President of DA Defence.
In February 2016, DA Defence submitted a highly competitive, "true Canadian" solution that creates high quality jobs and investment across Canada as part of the Government of Canada's Request for Proposal for the 10 year (plus option years) Contracted Airborne Training Services (CATS) program.
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