Contracted Air Services (CAS)


Contracted Air Services (CAS) provides cost effective:

  • Fleet Training and Exercise Support and
  • Acquisition Program Test and Evaluation Support,

by providing:

  • OPFOR (Air to Air, Air to Surface, EW…),
  • Air to Air Refueling,
  • Close Air Support for Training, and
  • Range Support and Clearance.


CAS is responsible for providing cost effective alternatives to Navy and Marine Corps Fleet assets by purchasing flight hours on commercially owned and operated aircraft. Instead of sustaining a Fleet of aircraft for non-warfighting missions, they buy only what they need, as much as they need, when and where they need it.This preserves precious combat aircraft life (e.g. F/A-18 and C-130), and fills divested capabilities (Range Support, Banner Tow, Adversary).

Acquisition Program Test and Evaluation Support – RDT&E

The CAS program supports a wide range of activities; from basic research in science and engineering to the full scale development of specific weapons systems. During the past 10 years, CAS has worked with the Office of Naval Research, Johns Hopkins University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Georgia Tech Research Institute, Naval Research Lab, Naval Air Systems Command, Naval Sea Systems Command, U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy and the U.S. Marine Corps.


Fleet Training and Exercise Support – Fleet Integrated Training

CAS provides a variety of airborne threat simulation capabilities to train weapon system operators, (shipboard and aircraft) and aircrew to counter enemy electronic warfare and electronic attack operations. Training exercises supported include: unit level training; helicopter training exercises; Independent Deployer certifications; Commander Destroyer Squadron training exercises; Carrier Strike Group Composite Training Unit Exercises, Joint Task Force Training Exercises and Group Sales; and Expeditionary Strike Group Composite Training Exercises, Certification Exercises and Group Sales.

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