SimiGon to support USAF's T-6A modular training devices


Texan II

SimiGon has secured a contract to provide support and sustainment services for the US Air Force's (USAF) T-6A Texan II modular training devices (MTD).

Awarded by the Air Force Air Education Training Command (AETC), the $405,000 contract involves the company to support and maintain all of the air force's T-6A MTDs over the next 18 months.

The contract follows a $2.6m award secured by the company in September 2011 for the delivery of SIMbox-based MTD simulators to train undergraduate and remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) students for pilot instrument qualification training.

SimiGon president and CEO Ami Vizer said: "We are excited to be awarded this contract which builds on the work we have delivered on time and on budget for the US Air Force training since September 2011.

''Remote Pilot Aircraft training is a rapidly growing segment and this contract shows that SimiGon has exhibited the capability to fulfil the continued needs of this sector of the US Air Force as well as other forces worldwide," Vizer added.

SIMbox is a PC-based software platform that provides users with an ability to generate, modify, manage and eventually field any simulation-based content, including aircraft, ships, weapons, across a wide range of domains, such as training, research and development, and operations analysis.

Comprising mainly of SIMbox Toolkit, SIMbox Server and SIMbox Runtime, the device also features an array of software modules that helps operators to develop new products and environments.

Powered by a single Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-68 turbo-prop engine, the T-6A Texan is primarily used by USAF for basic pilot training and by the navy for primary and intermediate joint naval flight officer and air force combat systems officer training.

The aircraft is also in service with the air forces of Canada, Germany and Israel, among others.


Image: A USAF's T-6A Texan II basic trainer aircraft during its flight. Photo: US Air Force photo by Master Sgt. David Richards.

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