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RAAF Second F/A-18F TOFT Receives Operational Status

31 May 2011

L-3 Link Simulation & Training's (L-3 Link) second F/A-18F tactical operational flight trainer (TOFT) for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has achieved ready-for-training status.

The company has also delivered the TOFT with an additional brief / debrief system and a new Australian photo texture database using L-3 Link's latest visual system techniques and tools to the RAAF.

L-3 Link president Leonard Genna said the RAAF crew can undergo a full spectrum of advanced tactical training on these high-technology simulators.

"These TOFTs, which leverage our proven F/A-18 simulator common hardware and software baselines, are meeting the RAAF's unique training requirements," he added.

The two fully integrated mission briefing and debriefing systems capture all mission event data as F/A-18F aircrews undertake air-to-air and air-to-ground simulated exercises.

The two TOFTs, installed at RAAF Base Amberley, Queensland, Australia, are the first high-fidelity F/A-18F simulators to be operated by a foreign military.