SimiGon has secured a contract extension from the US Air Force (USAF) to continue providing support for its SIMbox-based T-6A Level 5 FAA compliant flight training device (FTD).

The extension of the existing contractor logistics support (CLS) contract will see SimiGon providing the FTD logistics support for one more year.

The company will provide software and hardware warranties and support services for the 16 T-6A Level 5 FTDs, including the simulators that were supplied under a 2016 contract with Booz Allen.

As a result of the extension, SimiGon expects to earn up to $1.41m for the services to be provided over the next 12-month period.

SimiGon president and CEO Ami Vizer said: “We are very excited to receive the CLS option year contract to support the undergraduate remotely piloted aircraft training (URT) programme and ensure first-class training for new operators.

“This contract validates SimiGon’s capabilities to successfully deliver and maintain long term contracts for strategic clients and further demonstrates the USAF’s confidence in our products and support services.

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“In addition to providing valuable training capabilities, the devices offer savings in terms of training time and costs, SimiGon stated.”

“Management expects this contract to generate new business with the USAF and other government end users.”

The company noted that the extension is a testimony to SimiGon’s satisfactory performance and the significance of its training devices in meeting the requirements of the USAF’s URT programme.

In addition to providing valuable training capabilities, the devices offer savings in terms of training time and costs, SimiGon stated.

In October, the USAF introduced an amendment to the contract to include additional support services for the FTDs.

The FTD offers self-paced training with a personalised real-time virtual instructor (VI) feedback, as well as digital score sheets to manage trainee and instructor performance.

Built by Raytheon, the T-6A Texan II is a single-engine, two-seat primary military trainer aircraft.