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Textron Airborne Solutions provides training opportunities for military customers. Within this company is Airborne Tactical Advantage Company (ATAC), which provides tactical flight training and adversary services. Textron’s extensive global reach makes for an incomparable training resource. ATAC provides tactical flight training and adversary aggressor services for U.S. Navy, Marine and Air Force pilots. ATAC operates simultaneously across five sites and two continents and comprises the world’s largest outsourced civilian, tactical airborne training organization and proudly provides the highest quality live training to Squadrons, Air Wings, and Battle Groups.
In order to achieve its mission, ATAC has established a research and development department whose mission includes evaluating and acquiring new aircraft, integrating mission equipment into existing aircraft, coordinating test and evaluation on aircraft and systems, and staying abreast of the state of the art of aviation technical capabilities so that emerging capabilities can be offered to the customer. The Director of R&D is responsible for directing the activities of the multi-disciplinary R&D department, which includes flight operations, aircraft maintenance, program management members and outsourced engineering vendors. Liaison with civil and military airworthiness authorities regarding new aircraft, configurations and systems falls within the job scope. The job encompasses both technical skills, project management and leadership of personnel.