L-3 Link Simulation & Training Awarded Contract Option to Build Fifth F-16 Mission Training Center
ARLINGTON, Texas, September 19, 2011 – L-3 Link Simulation & Training (L-3 Link) announced today that it has received a contract option from the U.S. Air Force to build a fifth F-16 Mission Training Center (MTC).
“The new F-16 Mission Training Centers we are building and fielding for the U.S. Air Force represent a major leap forward in military flight simulation realism that will maximize pilot operational readiness while reducing overall training costs,” said Leonard Genna, president of L-3 Link. “Pilots will be immersed in high-definition, dynamic training scenarios that will enable them to practice air-to-air and air-to-ground missions under any condition that might be encountered during actual flight.”
L-3 Link is achieving this advanced training capability by integrating its HD World® simulation product line on all F-16 MTC training devices. Each F-16 MTC, which consists of four simulators, incorporates high-definition displays, image generation, databases and dynamic environments. HD World’s high-definition simulation capabilities will enable F-16 pilots to detect, determine the orientation of, recognize and identify targets from the same distance as they would when conducting an actual sortie.
The Boeing Company is providing instructor/operator stations in support of all F-16 MTC installations, as well as the mission observation and brief/debrief systems.
Fielding of the first F-16 MTC is currently underway at Nellis Air Force Base (AFB), with completion and operational turnover to the U.S. Air Force scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2011. Additional F-16 MTCs, which can simulate either the fighter aircraft’s Block 40/42 or 50/52 configurations, are slated for potential future delivery at U.S. Air Force installations, including Shaw AFB, S.C.; Hill AFB, Utah; Holloman AFB, N.M.; Kunsan Air Base (AB), Korea; Aviano AB, Italy; Misawa AB, Japan; and Spangdahlem AB, Germany.
L-3 Link Simulation & Training is a world leader in providing total training solutions for operators and maintainers across a wide range of military platforms and Air Traffic Control systems. L-3 Link’s innovative solutions provide a full spectrum of state-of-the-art training technologies, including high-fidelity immersive simulations, as well as distributed academic and interactive courseware. The company has delivered military training systems to customer locations throughout North America, Europe, Asia and the Pacific Rim. L-3 Link is headquartered in Arlington, Texas, with key bases of operation in Binghamton, N.Y.; Orlando, Fla.; Oklahoma City, Okla.; Broken Arrow, Okla.; and Phoenix, Ariz. For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.link.com.
Headquartered in New York City, L-3 Communications employs approximately 61,000 people worldwide and is a prime contractor in C3ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) systems, aircraft modernization and maintenance, and government services. L-3 is also a leading provider of a broad range of electronic systems used on military and commercial platforms. The company reported 2010 sales of $15.7 billion. To learn more about L-3, please visit the company’s website at
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