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    Discovery Air Defence is committed to recruiting and retaining the best talent in aviation industry. By joining DA Defence you will have the opportunity to participate in a unique and dynamic environment focused on growth, entrepreneurship, innovation and teamwork.

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    We are committed to providing our customers with specialty aviation solutions whenever and wherever they are required. Our pilots, maintainers, logisticians and administrators operate with precision and pride in some of the most challenging environments in the world.

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    Discovery Air Defence is the prime supplier of Airborne Training services to the Canadian Army, Navy and Air Force. 

McDonnell Douglas A-4N

Discovery Air Defence operates a fleet of modified A-4N and TA-4J Jet aircraft in the airborne training services role. All A-4 aircraft have ESCAPAC 1G-3 ejection seat systems. The A-4s are also equipped with a modernized IFR and Tactical Navigation avionics suite to provide maximum safety for the aircrew and maximum operational flexibility for the customer. The aircraft is capable of flying combat training sorties from the surface to high altitude at high transonic and low supersonic speeds.


Typical A4-N Missions

Day and night Joint Tactical Air Controller (JTAC) training; Weapons Delivery

Adversary Support and Anti-Shipping Attack Training for Naval Forces

“Red Air” Adversary Support for Fighter Forces, including large-scale coalition air exercises
Air-to-Air Gunnery Target Tow; both circular and combat dart missions for Fighter Forces
Electronic Warfare Training for Naval and Fighter `Forces

Missile Simulation

(Radar) Profile Simulations


Night / NVG OPs

RDT&E: Air Carriage/Captive Carry; EW Simulation; Radar/Sensor Development; Systems Test; Target Launch; Photo/Safety Chase; Air-to-Air Refueling (Day/Night/NVG); Test Pilot School Qualification Evaluations

Fighter Transition Training - Basic through Advanced.

Aircraft Statistics

  • Number of Aircraft: 10
  • Minimum Flight Crew: 1
  • Maximum Take Off Weight: 24,500 lbs.
  • Normal: 16,000 - 20,000 lbs.
  • Maximum Landing Weight: 16,000 lbs.
  • Length: 40 ft. 
  • Wingspan: 27 ft. 6 in.
  • Height: 15 ft. 3in.
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    Discovery Air Defence is committed to being the premier provider of cost effective aviation solutions to the Canadian Armed Forces and the Government of Canada.

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    Discovery Air Defence is part of the Discovery Air family, which has a wealth of technical expertise in its subsidiaries, ranging from Fixed-wing to Rotary-wing for both Civil and Military products.

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    Discovery Air Defence operates a fleet of modified Alpha Jet aircraft in the airborne training services role. All Alpha Jet aircraft have been upgraded with state-of-the-art Martin Baker ejection seats and Dassault Canopy Escape systems.

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    Discovery Air Defence operates IAI Westwind 1124 aircraft, all special mission configured, to provide high-quality real-time training. The Westwinds have been modified with under-winged hard points, pylons and an internal winch to support Target Tow and Electronic Warfare missions. Top Discovery Air Defence's fleet of Westwinds stands ready to meet the demand for quality special mission combat support.


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