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. The Alpha Jets have also been equipped with a modernized IFR and Tactical Navigation avionics suite to provide maximum safety for the aircrew and maximum operational flexibility to the customer. The aircraft is capable of flying combat training sorties from the surface to high altitude at near supersonic speeds.
Typical Alpha Jet MissionsDay and night Joint Tactical Air Controller (JTAC) training;
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.
- Number of Aircraft: 16
- Minimum Flight Crew: 1
- Maximum Take Off Weight: 16,535 lbs.
- Normal: 13,220 - 14,330 lbs.
- Maximum Landing Weight: 11,680 lbs.
- Length: 40 ft.
- Wingspan: 30 ft.
- Height: 13 ft.
- Fuel Capability: 704 US gal