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April 10, 2013

Draken International takes to the skies

The first flight of a former New Zealand TA-4K Skyhawk chased by two Draken Aermacchi MB-339CB jets.

Draken International, a provider of commercial air services, has announced that the company’s recently acquired aircraft from New Zealand have taken their first flights in American airspace.

The aircraft will be used by Draken to provide threat simulation, research and development and adversary support to various entities within the U.S. Military and defense industry.

Draken International’s fleet is composed of over 50 tactical aircraft including Douglas A-4K Skyhawk’s, Aermacchi MB-339CB’s and Mikoyan Mig-21UM and Mig-21BIS fighters. Draken’s aircraft are equipped with technologically advanced radar and sensors commonly found in 4th generation fighter jets. This enables Draken to simulate various modern threat scenarios while utilizing economical long endurance aircraft.

“Draken is dedicated to building the most capable and supportable fleet of aircraft and we have made some tremendous acquisitions to accomplish this goal. We are excited that the aircraft we acquired have taken to the skies and can now be used to provide commercial air services to benefit the U.S. military and our allies,” said Jared Isaacman, Draken Internation CEO. “Our services provide a cost effective solution that can be 75 to 80 percent less expensive than legacy military fighters, a cost reduction that we estimate can save the U.S. government and taxpayers more than a billion dollars over the next decade. Given the present fiscal environment, we believe the demand for commercial air services will only continue to grow and we are committed to meeting that need. We are pleased to be able to offer such a powerful combination of technologically advanced threat representation in economically efficient platforms for aviation training and support.”

 




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