MELBOURNE, Fla. --- Diversified Resources Group/AeroGroup International Corporation announced today that it has signed a contract with the RNLAF to provide operational support for F-16 training exercises conducted in Military Operating Areas (MOA) located in Florida. The contract is unique and the first of its kind, where an allied NATO country is utilizing a U.S. civilian contractor to perform services that were only provided by the U.S. Government previously.
The Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) will be using the contract with AeroGroup as an initial "test case" contract for a period of approximately six-week deployment, with an approximate $1,500,000.00 gross revenue expenditure by the RNLAF to complete the exercise. During the exercise, the RNLAF will be basing nine F-16's and support equipment at AeroGroup's Melbourne facility, under high security.
AeroGroup's CEO, Mark Daniels, stated "If all goes well with the exercise, AeroGroup could receive a multi-year contract from the RNLAF. The RNLAF are known to be on the cutting-edge and leaders in the F-16 NATO community, as other NATO countries tend to follow their lead. This is a tremendous opportunity for AeroGroup as we are already receiving inquiries from other NATO allied countries to perform the same type services for them."
The RNLAF is a NATO member and has been conducting training in the U.S. for more than a decade. The RNLAF was one of the first outside of the U.S. Air Force to operate the F-16. Recently, the RNLAF cancelled its F-16 operations in Goose Bay, Canada and El Centro, California and began looking for alternative methods of fulfilling its training requirements.
AeroGroup International Corporation is a Florida-based tactical aviation company created in 2001 to capitalize on the shortfalls in aviation support assets within the U.S. Military and approved NATO countries. AeroGroup has a staff of aviation professionals and an available inventory of tactical aircraft capable of subsonic and supersonic flight. The Company is well positioned to supply fighter support services that go unmet by military training personnel.
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