Top Aces is transforming the industry through the development of advanced and proprietary adversary air technology. The Advanced Aggressor Mission System (AAMS) was launched in 2021 after 4 years of research and development by Top Aces engineers and technicians in Montreal, Quebec and Mesa, Arizona.
This revolutionary new technology allows an aircraft to simulate the highly advanced capabilities of modern-day opponents in air-to-air combat, while prolonging the customers’ fleet life and generating cost savings.
The plug-and-play nature of AAMS allows for the addition of new and emerging sensors well into the future, which provides the flexibility to upgrade its aircraft and meet the needs of the Air Force for years to come. Powered by an open system architecture, AAMS enables the rapid integration of advanced sensors and functions, including:
- Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) air-to-air radar;
- Helmet-Mounted Cueing System (HMCS);
- Tactical datalink communications between aircraft and other entities;
- Infrared Search and Track (IRST) systems;
- High Fidelity Weapon Simulation allowing accurate replication of adversary tactics;
- Advanced Electronic Attack pod employment and passive RF detection capabilities; and
- An array of tactical functions coordinating the above systems to provide a spectrum of realistic adversary effects.
Top Aces first launched AAMS on its A-4N Skyhawk, which is currently in service with the German Armed Forces and other European customers. This same federated mission system has been installed on Top Aces’ F-16 aircraft with the first test flight successfully completed in January 2022.
Top Aces plans to upgrade the most of its global fleet with the ground-breaking AAMS technology, including the majority of its 29 F-16 aircraft in 2022. With the integration of AAMS and the powerful legacy F-16 airframe, Top Aces’ F-16 AAF generates second-to-none field performance and the most threat-representative adversary in the industry.