L-3 Link Awarded Contract to Build UH-60L Operational Flight Trainers for Royal Saudi Land Forces
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FARNBOROUGH, United Kingdom, July 15, 2014 – L-3 Link Simulation & Training (L-3 Link) announced today that it has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Army’s Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation to build three UH-60L Operational Flight Trainers (OFTs) and associated training systems for the Royal Saudi Land Forces Aviation Command. Delivery of these high-fidelity trainers marks the first time L-3 Link’s RealitySeven™ full flight simulator technology solution will be used in support of a military training program.
The first UH-60L OFT will be delivered to the Royal Saudi Land Forces Aviation Command training facility and will be fully operational during the second quarter of 2016. The second and third UH-60L OFTs will begin training pilots during the third quarter of 2016.
Under a teaming agreement, Advanced Electronics Company (AEC), headquartered in Riyadh, will provide L-3 Link with systems integration, device assembly and installation, and repair and maintenance services. AEC will support L-3 Link on the first UH-60L OFT and lead the assembly and integration on the second and third simulators.
“These rotary-wing simulation systems will provide the Royal Saudi Land Forces with the highest-fidelity UH-60L Operational Flight Trainers in the world,” said Lenny Genna, president of L-3 Link. “We are also very pleased to have teamed with AEC, a relationship that underscores L-3’s commitment to the Kingdom’s Saudization policy. AEC has consistently demonstrated the highest level of integrity in all areas of business and is considered a strategic asset by the government of Saudi Arabia.”
“AEC is very excited to work with L-3 in delivering these high-fidelity UH-60L Operational Flight Trainers to the Royal Saudi Land Forces Aviation Command,” said Dr. Ghassan Al-Shibl, president and chief executive officer of AEC. “The partnership with L-3 is in line with the Saudi government’s direction in building local capability and creating jobs for Saudis.”
L-3 Link Simulation & Training (L-3 Link) 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 48,000 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 2013 sales of $12.6 billion. To learn more about L-3, please visit the company’s website at www.L-3com.com.
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