L3 Link Awarded Contract to Upgrade F/A-18 Training Systems for the Swiss Air Force

– Providing Training to the Swiss Air Force Since 1996 – 

ARLINGTON, Texas, December 19, 2017 – L3 Link Training & Simulation (L3 Link) announced today that it has been awarded a Swiss Air Force contract for the Service Life Extension of the Swiss Hornet Operational Training Systems (SHOTS). The SHOTS consist of four fully networked mission simulators designed for immersive mission training, and the upgrade is scheduled for delivery in 2020. 

“SHOTS is built on proven, cost-effective common hardware and software designs that enable L3 Link to deliver a solution tailored to meet Swiss Air Force requirements,” said Lenny Genna, President of L3 Link Training & Simulation. “These high-fidelity devices will enable a significant part of F/A-18 pilot training to be conducted using simulators, saving the Swiss Air Force both time and money, while producing a better fighter pilot.”

The SHOTS program will upgrade the current visual system to L3 Link’s SimuSphere® HD 9-facet visual system display, update the high-definition database and install the Aural Cueing upgrade kit to provide aircrews with a fully immersive training environment. In addition, the program will upgrade the trainers with the latest Operational Flight Program (OFP) and include a complete technology refresh of the hardware and software systems to ensure the trainers are supportable through 2030.

SHOTS supports basic, conversion and advanced pilot skills training. Using state-of-the-art simulators and brief/debrief systems, pilots will practice and be evaluated on takeoffs, landings, low-level flight, emergency procedures and tactical employment of the aircraft. The SHOTS network capability also gives pilots the ability to conduct mission-level team training, as well as the ability to work in real time with other supporting assets.

L3 Link Training & Simulation is a world leader in providing platform operators and maintainers with total training solutions that improve training effectiveness and efficiency, and lower life-cycle costs in a secure cyber environment. L3 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, headquartered in Arlington, Texas, has delivered military and commercial training systems to customer locations throughout North America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the Pacific Rim. For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.L3T.com/Link.

Headquartered in New York City, L3 Technologies employs approximately 38,000 people worldwide and is a leading provider of a broad range of communication, electronic and sensor systems used on military, homeland security and commercial platforms. L3 is also a prime contractor in aerospace systems, security and detection systems, and pilot training. The company reported 2016 sales of $10.5 billion. To learn more about L3, please visit the company’s website at www.L3T.com.

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