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 military. The contract award calls for L-3 Link to build two F/A-18F tactical operational flight trainers (TOFTs) for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), which are scheduled for separate deliveries to RAAF Base Amberley in 2010. Each F/A-18F TOFT will consist of independent cockpits and visual display systems for both the pilot and weapons sensor officer.

“Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18F aircrews will be able to undergo a full spectrum of advanced tactical training on these modern technology Super Hornet simulators,” said John McNellis, L-3 Link Simulation and Training president. “As a result of our global investment in F/A-18 simulator hardware and software commonality, we will be able to deliver the Royal Australian Air Force a low-risk solution that meets their unique training requirements.”

Each trainer will be integrated with L-3 Link’s 360° SimuSphere® visual display, SimuView™ image generator and Boeing’s simulated joint helmet-mounted cueing system to provide both pilots and weapons sensor officers with a completely immersive training environment.

L-3 will also deliver two fully integrated mission briefing and debriefing systems that will capture all mission event data as F/A-18F aircrews undertake air-to-air and air-to-ground simulated exercises. Following mission execution, RAAF aircrews will be able to evaluate their tactical performance and capture lessons learned to maximize training time.

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