Adacel has been awarded a contract to continue provision of support services for the US Air Force’s (USAF) tower simulator system (TSS) programme.
The contract requires the company to maintain, support and modernise a total of 99 TSS units installed at USAF, Air Force Reserve Command, Air National Guard (ANG) and US Marine Corps sites worldwide.
The contract is expected to have a maximum potential value between $15 – $25m, if all options are exercised over its five-year term.
Services to be provided include operation of a Training System Support Center (TSSC), configuration management, a web-based integrated data environment, 24/7 on call support, hardware technical refresh, operator training, visual database updates, software engineering upgrades, routine maintenance and TSS relocation when required.
Adacel CEO Seth Brown said, ”We have worked diligently for many years with the program office at Wright-Patterson and the many USAF ATC organisations around the globe to ensure they have the training tools necessary to achieve and maintain proficiency for their skilled controllers.”
The company has supplied more than 100 air traffic control (ATC) tower simulators to USAF as part of a $72.5m contract awarded by the service in April 2002.
Adacel’s simulators are designed to provide air traffic controllers with realistic hands-on practice, which reinforces learning from the basics of phraseology, in addition to offering proficiency training to help controllers maintain their certifications.
Deployed across other branches of the US military and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Adacel’s simulation systems have already proven to be effective in the training of both military and civilian ATCs, by helping the Department of Defense (DoD) save precious resources.
The TSS programme is sponsored by the Life Cycle Management Center, which is located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, US.