Discovery Air Defence Services (DADS) is committed to recruiting and retaining the best talent in aviation industry. By joining DADS you will have the opportunity to participate in a unique and dynamic environment focused on growth, entrepreneurship, innovation and teamwork.
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.
Discovery Air Defence Services is the prime supplier of Airborne Training services to the Canadian Army, Navy and Air Force.
Dornier Alpha Jet
Discovery Air Defence Services 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
Discovery Air Defence Services is committed to being the premier provider of cost effective aviation solutions to the Canadian Forces and the Government of Canada.
Discovery Air Defence Services 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.
As part of the Discovery Air family, Discovery Air Defence Services has access to the firefighting support, surveillance and aircraft and airspace management expertise cultivated by Northern Ontario based Discovery Air Fire Services – part of Canada’s aviation industry for more than 50 years - and Great Slave Helicopters Ltd.
Discovery Air Defence Services operates Bombardier CL 601 Challenger aircraft, to provide high-quality real-time training. The Challenger aircraft provides longer flight times and increased capacity, in a dissimilar airframe.
Discovery Air Defence Services 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.
Discovery Air Defence Services 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 Services’ fleet of Westwinds stands ready to meet the demand for quality special mission combat support.