L-3 Link Awarded Contract to Deliver Appended Blue Box™ HD Training Solution
Contact: Rick Oyler | Manager, Communications | L-3 Link Simulation & Training | 817-619-3536
ARLINGTON, Texas, February 10, 2015 – L-3 Link Simulation & Training (L-3 Link) announced today that it has been awarded a contract by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) to supply eight appended Blue Box HD™ (BBHD) Block 30 Training Support Equipment units for integration on operational Predator© and Reaper© Ground Control Stations (GCS). During the first quarter of 2016, six of the appended BBHD units will be delivered to U.S. Air Force sites and one unit each will be installed at GA-ASI’s System Integration Lab and at L-3 Link’s Arlington, Texas facility.
Blue Box HD, which is named after simulator pioneer Ed Link’s invention of the 1929 Blue Box flight simulator, is a computational simulation solution that can be appended to any operational ground control station to support crew training requirements.
“Our appended Blue Box HD solution is truly a game changer that enables operational ground control stations to support high-fidelity training for U.S. Air Force Predator and Reaper crews,” said Frank Delisle, L-3 Link’s vice president of engineering and technology. “Crews will be able to switch between undertaking actual operational missions to immersive training environments that provide unmatched platform concurrency and sensor fidelity.”
“From a cost-effectiveness standpoint, crews will be able to train where they are deployed and will not need to travel to a training facility,” Delisle added. “When there is adverse weather and crews are unable to fly, they still will be able to conduct mission rehearsals and refresh their skills by training on a ground control station that is appended to our Blue Box HD system.”
L-3 Link’s BBHD provides a highly sophisticated training solution that accurately reproduces dense and complex training environments for MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper pilot and sensor operator aircrews. Other advantages of the BBHD solution are low life-cycle cost, compact design, easy operation and maintenance, reduced physical footprint and continuous fidelity improvements.
L-3 Link Simulation & Training is a world leader in providing intelligent total training solutions for operators and maintainers across a wide range of military, civil and commercial platforms. 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, civil and commercial training systems to customer locations throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East 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 Crawley, U.K. For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.link.com.
Headquartered in New York City, L-3 employs approximately 45,000 people worldwide and is a prime contractor in aerospace systems and national security solutions. L-3 is also a leading provider of a broad range of communication and electronic systems and products used on military and commercial platforms. The company reported 2014 sales of $12.1 billion. To learn more about L-3, please visit the company’s website at www.L-3com.com.
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