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E-8C JSTARS Training

L-3 Link supports training systems designed to instruct U.S. Air Force flight and mission crews that operate the service’s E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) airborne battle management, command and control, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance platform.

During a recent 11 quarter period, the Flight Crew Training (FCT) and Mission Crew Training (MCT) programs combined to:

  • Deliver over 71,300 hours of instruction
  • Train 335 students
  • Maintain a 100% graduation rate

Since 2003 L-3 Link has been providing E-8C JSTARS FCT. Academic classroom instruction and simulator training is delivered to pilots, navigators and flight engineers. The program, which supports the 116th Air Control Wing’s combat readiness objectives, provides initial, upgrade and continuation flight training. Simulator missions replicate all phases of flight.

Mission Crew Training, supplied by L-3 Link and our teammate C2 Technologies, encompasses both academic classroom and simulator instruction for 11 mission crew positions on the E-8C JSTARS. Annually, L-3 Link trains over 300 mission crew students at positions ranging from Air Force Mission Crew Commander and Army Deputy Mission Crew Commander to radar and communications technicians. Simulation-based training for mission crews replicates all phases of an actual combat mission.


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