Private F-16 received a modern AAMS and ‘became’ a 5th-gen fighter

WASHINGTON – F-16 Advanced Aggressor Fighter [F-16 AAF], owned by the American private military company Top Aces, received one of the most precise Advanced Aggressor Mission System [AAMS], becoming the ideal real simulator for pilots learning to fly the F-22 and F-35 fighters, learned

Private F-16 received a modern AAMS and 'became' a 5th-gen fighter
Photo credit: Top Aces

On January 19, the private F-16 AAF made its first test flight with the new integrated system to assess and test its capabilities. M7 Aerospace, a company owned by Elbit Systems of America, was involved in the integration of AAMS, also confirmed the news with a tweet on the social network.

“PARTNERING FOR SUCCESS | M7 Aerospace, an Elbit America company, partnered with TopAces to install the Advanced Aggressor Mission System [AAMS] on their prototype F-16A aircraft. M7 is an experienced MRO aircraft company in San Antonio, Texas. #Innovation # F16 #ElbitProud,” reports Elbit system of America.

Advanced Aggressor Mission System [AAMS] which has been developed over the last four years by Top Aces specialists. The system allows aircraft to simulate the highly modern capabilities of modern fifth-generation fighters. It is used for pilot training and is easily applicable to a wide range of aircraft, as it is flexible and has an open software infrastructure.

The system is equipped with AESA air-to-air radar, which is generally an integral part of the avionics of American-made aircraft and is the best air radar at the moment. The system also has developed special signs and symbols in the viewfinder of the pilot’s helmet, integrated tactical communication system, infrared search and tracking system, simulation of weapons systems, electronic warfare, passive radio frequency detection, a set of functions controlling everything listed so far.

In addition to the F-16 AAF, Top Aces has already certified another aircraft to use AAMS, the A-4N Skyhawk, which is part of the company’s fleet. Top Aces says some armies are currently using their training systems, such as the German Air Force and some other European Air Forces, but did not mention which countries. Also, Top Aces expect their modern system to be adopted by the US Air Force.

About Top Aces

Top Aces provides advanced adversary (“red air”) and joint terminal attack controller (JTAC) training to the world’s leading air forces. It has the largest fleet of commercially operated fighter aircraft in active service and is the first company in the world to acquire the supersonic F-16. Top Aces’ mission-critical training enhances the operational readiness of combat forces by providing real-world experience, while creating significant cost efficiencies and extending the lifecycle of military fleets.


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