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October 30, 2013

Lockheed to supply simulators for USAF Pave Hawk helicopters

Lockheed Martin has been awarded a contract for the delivery of aircrew training devices for the US Air Force's (USAF) HH-60G Pave Hawk combat search-and-rescue (CSAR) helicopters.

Pave Hawk helicopter

Lockheed Martin has been awarded a contract for the delivery of aircrew training devices for the US Air Force’s (USAF) HH-60G Pave Hawk combat search-and-rescue (CSAR) helicopters. Delivered under the $113m contract along with spares and logistics support, the simulators are scheduled to be used for preparing aircrews for the full spectrum of personnel recovery, including CSAR missions in multiple environments. The contract was awarded under the pave hawk equivalent distributive repeatable operative simulators (PEDROS) trainer programme. Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control aviation programs director Monty Watson said the PEDROS directly brings a unique deployable training and simulation capability to the aviation warfighter. ”We are leveraging manufacturing and logistics support from our Missiles and Fire Control business, as well as design expertise from our Mission Systems and Training business, to support the PEDROS training program,” Watson said.

"The contract was awarded under the pave hawk equivalent distributive repeatable operative simulators trainer programme."

Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training training solutions business development director Vic Torla said, ”The new HH-60G PEDROS simulators will provide affordable, on-site training options to keep aircrews certified and aircraft available for missions.” Installed with aircrew squadrons, the HH-60G PEDROS simulator provides increased access to training and simulation scenarios, which enhances aircrew readiness while eliminating the requirement to travel to training facilities. Featuring software upgrades and improvements that increase speed and capability, the simulator lowers aircraft maintenance costs, saves flight hours and can also be re-located to support long-term deployments. A derivative of Sikorsky UH-60A Black Hawk helicopter, the HH-60G Pave Hawk is primarily used by USAF for day or night personnel recovery missions in hostile environments. Equipped with an upgraded communications and navigation suite, the multi-mission helicopter can also be configured to conduct peace-time operations, including civilian search-and-rescue, medical evacuation, disaster response, in addition to humanitarian assistance and counter-drug activities worldwide.


Image: A USAF HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter prepares to land at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. Photo: courtesy of USAF Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht/Released.

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