Multi-Function Training Aid

Lockheed Martin Australia has secured a contract to supply an advanced C-130J-30 virtual maintenance trainer to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).

Under the contract, the company will provide a C-130J-30 virtual maintenance trainer and a multi-function training aid (MFTA) to support maintenance and aircrew training at RAAF Base Richmond in New South Wales.

Lockheed Martin Australia & New Zealand chief executive Raydon Gates said: "Delivering these training technologies to the RAAF represents Lockheed Martin’s continued commitment to supporting the RAAF air mobility mission.

"These capabilities, supported by a network of training services and products across Lockheed Martin’s aircrew training programmes, enable the most effective training for the next generation of pilots and maintainers."

"Delivering these training technologies to the RAAF represents Lockheed Martin’s continued commitment to supporting the RAAF air mobility mission."

The company will be working in collaboration with Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training in Florida, US. It will update two classrooms by addition of high resolution desktop maintenance trainers and computer-based training courseware for a realistic, integrated simulation offering.

In addition, two developer stations will be added to enable RAAF C-130J-30 training staff to modify and update the training courseware through the aircraft lifecycle.

The upgrade is expected to provide the RAAF with a standardised curriculum tailored for its operations, which is based on decades of C-130 training innovation by the company.

The MFTA is powered by Prepar3D simulation software and UltiSim interactive courseware instructional tools. It reduces demand on operational aircraft, while offering a realistic simulation environment for more affordable training.

Currently, the system is used by the US Air Force to train its Special Operations and C-130 aircrews. It is anticipated to provide innovative, aircraft-based simulation to aid both the instructors and students.


Image: The multi-function training aid will provide aircraft-based simulation to aid the instructors and students. Photo: courtesy of Lockheed Martin Corporation.