Pretoria – South Africa-based international aerospace and expertise firm, Paramount Group, celebrates 45 SA engineers and technicians deployed to the US to prepare and support contractors who prepare the US Air Force for air combat.
Of the 45 engineers and technicians, 11 are newly skilled youth who are 90% Black.
They are a part of a particular workforce that trains and helps elite American aerospace expertise firms contracted as air drive squadrons who use enemy ways, methods and procedures to give a practical simulation of air combat in opposition to the US Air Force.
The engineers and technicians who had been recruited and skilled by the corporate from scratch, present upkeep, restore and overhaul companies and coaching support for the Mirage F1 fighter fleet operated by the main US army contractors of adversary or Red Squadron companies for the US Air Force.
Since the US Air Force troopers can not simply prepare in opposition to themselves as they’ll anticipate to come throughout unfamiliar enemies in air battle, the South African Mirage F1 workforce performed a significant function in offering its contractors with the correct on-the-job coaching wanted to have interaction in reasonable air combat in opposition to the US Air Force.
In truth, the South Africans solely simply returned dwelling to their households after being within the US for the reason that starting of the lockdown.
Paramount Aerospace Systems chief govt Brian Greyling mentioned the chairperson of your complete Paramount Group, Ivor Ichikowitz, celebrated the expansion and enlargement of Paramount Aerospace within the US as a proud second for South Africa.
Ichikowitz mentioned it’s prestigious and distinctive for South Africans to play such an vital function in supporting the combat readiness of the US Air Force – a major endorsement and recognition of the strategic expertise and functionality that South Africa has.
He mentioned Paramount Aerospace prides itself for retaining the huge expertise constructed up by the South African Air Force in Mirage F1 operations and immediately it’s a privilege to leverage this experience and support its companions within the US.
Greyling mentioned: “We are excited by what we’ve got achieved thus far, together with nonetheless not restricted to organising the capabilities to present the whole Mirage F1 resolution within the US, whereas guaranteeing each Mirage F1 airpower and an in depth, evolutionary depth of plane information and support are made obtainable on the bottom.”
He said one could not believe that they would be here today because it’s like it was just yesterday when the Paramount Group acquired the entire South African Air Force (SAAF) Mirage F1AZ fleet in 2003.
It bought all the fleet along with engines, spares, simulators and training aids, with the aircraft providing an ideal solution for cost-effective, supersonic fighter capability.
It led in the modernisation of the Mirage F1M while still in Spanish Air Force military service and has since provided training and logistical support to ex-SAAF Mirage F1 aircraft exported to a number of other countries.