L-3 Communications’ Link Simulation and Training Division Awarded $19 Million to Upgrade B-2A Trainers
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LE BOURGET, France, June 15, 2005 – L-3 Communications (NYSE: LLL) announced today that its Link Simulation and Training (Link) division has been awarded two delivery orders totaling approximately $19 million to complete Link 16 upgrades to the U.S. Air Force’s B-2A Spirit Aircrew Training System (ATS) and Maintenance Training System (MTS). These upgrades will bring B-2A training devices concurrent with the aircraft’s Link 16 mission capabilities.
B-2A ATS Link 16 upgrades will be made to three B-2A Weapon System Trainers and one Mission Trainer. Link 16 upgrades also will be made to 22 B-2A MTS devices.
The B-2A ATS and MTS, both located at Whiteman Air Force Base, MO, support initial and continuation aircrew and maintenance training.
"These upgrades will enable B-2A aircrew training devices to simulate the exchange of real-time information concerning threats, friendly aircraft, targets and overall air and ground order of battle, in addition to providing critical maintenance training of the Link 16 systems," said David Williams, vice president of training services for Link Simulation and Training. "The trainers’ improved command, control, communication and intelligence mission effectiveness will serve as another example of the close working relationship between Link, the U.S. Air Force and Northrop Grumman in modernizing the B-2A Aircrew Training System."
This delivery order is part of a trainer modification plan identified in the B-2A Training System Contractor Logistics Support contract Link received in 1998. The indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contract calls for Link to provide all contractor-supplied services and product updates for the B-2A Spirit training system. These modifications are part of an ongoing effort to upgrade the training system to maintain concurrency with the B-2A weapon system.
Link Simulation and Training, which is celebrating its 75 th anniversary, is a systems integration organization that delivers and supports training systems and equipment designed to enhance operational proficiency. Link’s services include conducting front end analysis, program design, simulator design and production, and field support. Link has its headquarters operation in Arlington, TX and other key bases of operation in Binghamton, NY, Orlando, FL, Broken Arrow, OK, and Phoenix, AZ.
Headquartered in New York City, L-3 Communications is a leading provider of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) systems, secure communications systems, aircraft modernization, training and government services and is a merchant supplier of a broad array of high technology products. Its customers include the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, selected U.S. Government intelligence agencies and aerospace prime contractors. To learn more about L-3 Communications, please visit the company’s web site at www.L-3Com.com.
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