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Navy’s Adversary Aircraft Team Wins Top Defense Acquisition Workforce Award

The Navy’s Specialized and Proven Aircraft Program Office’s (PMA-226) Adversary Aircraft Team won the DoD Acquisition Workforce Award for flexibility in contracting Dec. 14 in a virtual ceremony with senior leadership. The PMA-226 Adversary Aircraft Team employed a novel strategy to modernize Navy and Marine Corps F-5 aircraft by combining an Other Transaction Authority (OTA) contracting approach while leveraging existing commercial technology and an abbreviated test program to increase affordability, capability, and safety. “Employing one of NAVAIR’s first OTAs combined with a partnership with industry, this team’s unique strategy will provide a fleet of upgraded, safe and modernized adversary aircraft, providing the realistic and relevant tactical training that our aviators need to win in the high-end fight for years to come,” said Capt. Gregory Sutton, PMA-226 program manager. The F-5 provides organic red air adversary support for naval aviation training, but the age of the aircraft and system limitations were reducing the F-5’s ability to keep pace with modern technology inherent in current tactical platforms. To meet the Navy and Marine Corps requirement to increase fleet adversary training capacity with high-altitude tactical fighters, the team employed an OTA to identify an industry partner that previously integrated upgrades on its own […]

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