Discovery Air Defence revives Top Aces name

Discovery Air Defence Services is returning to its roots by reverting to the company’s original name, Top Aces.

Two Alpha Jets in flight
Top Aces uses a fleet of modernized Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jet (pictured) and Bombardier Learjet aircraft to provide airborne adversary training to the Canadian Armed Forces. Michael Durning Photo

Last fall, the company was awarded the long-term Contracted Airborne Training Services (CATS) contract by the Government of Canada. The contract, covering 10 years with a two-year option and a second 17-month option, makes Top Aces the exclusive provider of airborne adversary training services to the Canadian Armed Forces, using a fleet of modernized Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jet and Bombardier Learjet aircraft.

Following this win at home, it’s time to pursue global expansion.

“We’re very focused on the international market,” said Garrick Ngai, director of marketing at Top Aces. “That market is moving quickly. Following our success with CATS, we felt it was time to move back to our original brand that is well recognized.”

A Top Aces Alpha Jet rests on the ground.
The Top Aces logo has never been removed from the company’s Alpha Jet fleet. Mike Luedey Photo

He said the company is looking at additional opportunities in the U.K., Australia and the United States.

The U.S. Air Force alone predicts it will need 40,000 hours of contracted aggressor air training at 12 different bases and will consider proposals from several suppliers.

“2018 is a very exciting year for Top Aces and the global adversary air industry,” said Paul Bouchard, president of Top Aces. “This rebrand builds on our proud history. It aligns our geographical brands into one to provide the world’s most advanced adversary air solutions to prepare Western aircrews for today’s new threats.”

The company also released a stylized new red and blue Top Aces, logo which it said “highlights the role of Red Air and Blue Air in the world of adversary training.”

Moving forward, the company is preparing to introduce the next generation of adversary services using advanced fourth generation supersonic aggressor aircraft.

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