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L-3 Link's SimuSphere HD-9™ Achieves Ready-for-Training Status

ARLINGTON, Texas, May 22, 2012 - L-3 Link Simulation & Training (L-3 Link) announced today that the first two U.S. Navy F/A-18C Tactical Operational Flight Trainers (TOFTs) integrated with the company's advanced SimuSphere HD-9™ high-definition visual display solution have achieved ready-for-training status. The two trainers are installed at Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana, Va.

The U.S. Navy became L-3 Link's initial customer for SimuSphere HD-9 during the fourth quarter of 2011 when it purchased four upgrade kits to integrate with currently fielded F/A-18C TOFTs at NAS Oceana. During the first quarter of 2012, L-3 Link announced additional sales of its SimuSphere HD-9 visual solution, including orders for the system to be used on a Royal Malaysian Air Force F/A-18D TOFT and two F-16C Block 52 Aircrew Training Devices for the Pakistan Air Force.

"SimuSphere HD-9 provides fast jet simulators with fully immersive training capabilities supported by L-3 Link's HD World® simulation product line," said Frank Casano, L-3 Link's acting vice president for Navy programs. "By combining four advanced technologies - high-definition databases, image generation systems, physics-based processing and a visual system display - SimuSphere HD-9 offers a low-cost, fully integrated solution that delivers highly realistic and relevant fighter training environments."

The F/A-18C TOFTs integrated with SimuSphere HD-9 will support a full range of tactical training capabilities, including enabling aircrews to identify targets with unprecedented realism. Aircrews are also able to use their actual flight night vision goggles and experience real-world performance over an immersive 360-degree field-of-regard.

SimuSphere HD-9 has the same physical footprint and image generator interface as currently fielded SimuSphere systems. This commonality enables SimuSphere HD-9 upgrades to be achieved at low cost and low risk with minimal simulator downtime.

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.

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 2011 sales of $15.2 billion.

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