L-3 Communications to Modify CH-47D and UH-60 Helicopter Simulators
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NEW YORK, NY, April 4, 2001 - L-3 Communications (NYSE:LLL) today announced that its Link Simulation and Training division has been awarded two engineering change proposals totaling $5.2 million to upgrade CH-47D and UH-60 helicopter simulators used by the U.S. Army. These concurrency upgrades will be performed by Link's Binghamton, NY facility, and are scheduled for completion during September 2001.
Under the first award, Link will provide enhancements to a CH-47D Chinook simulator located in South Korea. These upgrades will include modifying the simulated engines and making the CH-47D simulated cockpit night vision goggle compatible.
Under the second award, Link will upgrade two individual flight simulators, a CH-47D Chinook and a UH-60A/L Black Hawk, located at the Army's Fort Campbell in Kentucky. Link will upgrade both simulators' visual system image generation systems as well as perform additional modifications, including upgrades to both the CH-47D and UH-60A/L simulators that will keep the trainers' avionics and aircraft systems current with the aircraft configuration. In addition, the CH-47 simulator will receive a new instructor operator station and the UH-60 simulator will receive a new computational system.
The CH-47 and UH-60 simulators are used by the U.S. Army to maintain aircrew operational proficiency and develop mission readiness skills. The simulators provide aircrews the capability to practice ground operations, airfield takeoffs and landings, confined area landings, hovering, formation flight, instrument flight, emergency procedures and operation in a hostile tactical environment. The upgraded, concurrent trainers will ensure positive pilot habit transfers occur between simulator training and actual aircraft operation, allowing more CH-47 and UH-60 pilot training to be offloaded to the training devices.
Link Simulation & Training is a systems integration organization that specializes in delivering and supporting training systems and equipment that enhance operational proficiency. Link's full range of services include conducting front end analysis, program design, course development and production, interactive distance learning, simulator design and production, training implementation, training evaluation, training management and field support. Link has its headquarters operation in Arlington, Tex. and other major bases of operation in Kirkwood, NY, Orlando, Fla., and Broken Arrow, Okla.
Headquartered in New York City, L-3 Communications is a leading merchant supplier of secure communications systems and products, avionics and ocean products, training products, microwave components and telemetry, instrumentation, space and wireless products. Its customers include the Department of Defense, selected U.S. government intelligence agencies, aerospace prime contractors and commercial telecommunications and cellular customers. To learn more about L-3 Communications, please visit the company’s web site at www.L-3Com.com.
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