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 training system.

“Our team offers the unique ability to provide a low-risk transition of two separate C-17 aircrew and maintenance training contracts into a single integrated contract,” said Bob Birmingham, president of Link Simulation and Training. “The relevant and recent experience L-3 Link and AAI bring to this program will greatly contribute to reducing overall contract costs and government management oversight, in addition to ensuring that synergies are maximized between all areas of C-17 training operations.”

L-3 Link, which is leading the team’s pursuit of the C-17 training system sustainment program, will turn to its decades of experience in program management and military training operations to proactively identify improvement opportunities and innovative training solutions across the integrated program.

AAI, which already operates the C-17 maintenance training system (MTS), has continually demonstrated its ability to meet program objectives on schedule and under budget. AAI’s highly realistic simulation-based training devices enable aircraft technicians to gain hands-on maintenance experience, exactly as they would on in-service aircraft.

AAI designs, produces and supports aerospace and defense systems through its direct and indirect wholly owned subsidiaries AAI Services, Aerosonde, ESL Defence and Symtx. Its high-technology products and services include unmanned aircraft systems, training and simulation systems, automated aerospace test and maintenance equipment, armament systems, aviation ground support equipment, and logistical, engineering and supply chain services. AAI is an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Textron.