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L-3 Link Simulation & Training

Flight Simulators, Training Services, Aircraft Contractor Logistics Support

Arlington Downs Road,
United States of America

Arlington Downs Road,
United States of America

L-3 Link Simulation & Training, a division of L-3 Communications, has provided innovative simulation and training solutions to militaries worldwide for over 80 years. Depending on a customer’s training requirement, Link can provide turnkey aircrew training services, networked simulation devices, advanced visual systems, a full range of training services and aircraft contractor logistics support.


Link provides a full range of aircrew training capabilities. Beginning with a comprehensive instructional systems design approach to aircrew training system requirements, Link develops effective classroom, computer-based training and flight training devices curricula.

Link provides instructors, develops courseware, performs logistics services, maintains all training equipment, oversees training system management and conducts training system modifications.

Aircrew training system programs supported today include: E-3 AWACS Flight Crew Training, Joint Cargo Aircraft Aircrew Training System, E-6B Aircrew Training System and E-8C JSTARS Aircrew Training System.


Link has built and delivered F-22 pilot training devices, including full mission trainers, weapons tactics trainers and egress procedures trainers. Collectively, these pilot trainers are playing a key role in the F-22 Training System’s mission to transition talented aviators into this single-seat, fifth generation fighter aircraft.

The F-22 Full Mission Trainer consists of a fully populated cockpit on a fixed base. The simulator is integrated with a high-resolution image generation system that is coupled with Link’s advanced SimuSphere® visual system display. Other pilot devices include weapons tactics trainers and egress procedures trainers.


Link is responsible for the design, support and upgrade of the B-2A training system. Link performs this work in support of three weapon system trainers, one mission trainer, a suite of maintenance trainers and a system support center.

The B-2 Aircrew Training System, which is continuously updated to remain concurrent with the B-2 fleet, presently is undergoing a visual simulation and display technology upgrade on its weapon system trainers.


Link has been a major supplier of advanced F/A-18 flight simulators to both US and international military services, accounting for over 90% of the high fidelity pilot trainers fielded worldwide.

F/A-18 Tactical Operational Flight Trainers, integrated with Link’s scalable SimuSphere visual display and SimuView™ personal computer based image generation system, deliver tactically relevant single-ship, multi-ship and combat mission rehearsal training.


In addition to supporting the US Air Force and Air National Guard on a number of F-16 simulation programs since the 1980s, Link also has delivered F-16 training equipment to 10 foreign military services.

F-16 simulators, which can be networked to support unit training, are integrated with SimuSphere visual displays and PC-based SimuView image generation systems. Link’s F-16 simulators support night vision goggle simulation, coupling the image generator, sensor simulation, head tracking, goggle displays and correlated databases into a single integrated system.


The US Army’s Aviation Combined Arms Tactical Trainer (AVCATT) has several suites currently fielded. AVCATT suites – which are mobile and can be networked – are providing US Army, Army National Guard and Army Reserve helicopter aircrews with simulator mission training for individual, crew, collective and combined arms training.

AVCATT suites are housed in two 53ft trailers and include a battle master control room, after action review theater and six reconfigurable manned modules that support a full spectrum of training associated with the service’s attack, reconnaissance and utility helicopters.

Internationally, Link is offering HELCATT – which can be configured to support any helicopter in the global fleet – that provides the same capabilities as AVCATT in either a mobile or fixed base installation design.


Link’s delivery of Predator Mission Aircrew Training System (PMATS) ground control station simulation units to the US Air Force represents the first time any US military service has used high fidelity simulation to train unmanned aircrews.

Link’s PMATS solution has integrated simulation software with actual ground control station hardware that enables Predator crews to undergo fully immersive, mission-based simulated training.

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B-52H Stratofortress

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L-3 Teams with AAI to Pursue C-17 Training System Sustainment Program

L-3 Link Simulation & Training (L-3 Link) announced today the formation of a team with AAI Corporation (AAI), an operating unit of Textron Systems, to pursue the US Air Force’s C-17 training system sustainment program. This multi-year program will be the air force’s largest airlift transport

L-3 Wins F-16 Mission Training Center Program

L-3 Link Simulation & Training (L-3 Link) announced today that it has been awarded a $68.2 million multiple year contract to develop the US Air Force’s F-16 mission training center (MTC) program. L-3 Link received the contract award from the Aeronautical Systems Center’s Simulator Systems Gro

L-3 Awarded Contract to Support Danish F-16 Midlife Update Program

New York - L-3 Communications (NYSE: LLL) announced today that it has received a contract, valued at approximately $30 million, from the Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization to upgrade existing simulators and provide new training devices for the Royal Danish Air Force'

L-3 Records 100th SimuSphere® Visual Display System Sale

Arlington, Texas - L-3 Link Simulation and Training (L-3 Link) announced today that it has achieved the 100th sale of its SimuSphere® visual system display. "The sale of our 100th SimuSphere display underscores the importance militaries worldwide have placed in providing th

L-3 Gains First International F/A-18F Simulator Sale

Arlington, Texas – L-3 Link Simulation and Training (L-3 Link) announced today it received a contract from the Boeing company as a result of a contract award from the Naval Air Warfare Center's training systems division for the first F/A-18F simulators to be delivered to an international m

L-3 Awarded Contract to Upgrade Predator Mission Aircrew Training System

L-3 Communications recently announced the award of a contract option from the U.S. Air Force's Aeronautical Systems Center to provide upgrades to the Predator Mission Aircrew Training System (PMATS)built by L-3 Link Simulation and Training (L-3 Link). This new award calls for numerous s

L-3 Awarded Contract Option to Maintain C-9 Aircraft

L-3 Communications recently announced that it has been awarded a contract option from the US Navy to continue to provide aircraft contractor logistics support (CLS) for a fleet of 22 C-9 aircraft. L-3 is responsible for overall program management for C-9 CLS, encompassing global fligh

L-3 Awarded Contract to Build Additional AVCATT Suites for US Army

L-3 Communications recently announced that it has been awarded a follow-on production contract from the US Army to build three additional US Army Aviation Combined Arms Tactical Trainer (AVCATT) suites. This award calls for L-3 to build AVCATT suites 21 through 23. Since 1999, L-3 has

L-3 Awarded Contract to Upgrade Visuals on B-2 Weapon System Trainers

L-3 Communications announced today that it has been awarded a contract from the US Air Force's Aeronautical Systems Center to complete the visual system upgrade on three B-2 Weapon System Trainers. This visual system upgrade will conclude in 2008. "Undertaking this upgrade represents th

L-3 Awarded Contract Option to Build F/A-18E/F Trainers

L-3 Communications recently announced that its Link Simulation and Training (L-3 Link) division has been awarded a contract from the Boeing Company to provide two F/A-18E/F Tactical Operational Flight Trainers (TOFTs) and two instructor operator stations. In 2006 L-3 received an initi

L-3 Link Simulation & Training

Arlington Downs Road




United States of America