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IT2EC 2022: Draken Europe secures RAF aggressor programme

26th April 2022 - 15:00 GMT | by Trevor Nash in London

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The new Interim Red Air Aggressor Training Service in the UK will use Aero Vodochody L-159E Honey Badger aircraft. (Photo: Draken Europe)

The new Interim Red Air Aggressor Training Service for the RAF will use L-159E aircraft from Draken Europe.

Draken Europe has been selected to provide the UK’s Interim Red Air Aggressor Training Service (IRAATS) requirement. The three-year contract, with a further three-year option, starts on 1 July and will see Draken Europe provide RAF fighter squadrons with aggressor aircraft replicating the tactics, techniques and procedures of potential adversaries.

The new service will use Aero Vodochody L-159E Honey Badger aircraft flown by experienced ex-military fast jet pilots and regulated by the UK Civil Aviation Authority.

The IRAATS programme was launched due to the retirement of the Hawk T1s flown by 100 Squadron RAF and 736 Squadron RN Fleet Air

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