L-3 Link Simulation and Training Awarded $11.2 Million Contract Option on E-6B Aircrew Training System Program

Contact: Rick Oyler | Manager, Communications | L-3 Link Simulation & Training | 817-619-3536

ARLINGTON, Texas, December 17, 2009 – L-3 Link Simulation & Training has been awarded a one year $11.2 million contract option to continue to provide support for the U.S. Navy’s E-6B Aircrew Training System (ATS). Additional annual contract options could extend L-3 Link’s flight crew training support through 2015.

L-3 Link, which has won three consecutive competitions since 1993 to remain prime contractor on the program, is providing E-6B TACAMO pilots, navigators and flight engineers with instructor-led, computer-based and simulator training. In addition to maintaining legacy instructional courseware, L-3 Link also operates and maintains all program training devices.

"In recent years we delivered a new FAA Level D equivalent E-6B Operational Flight Trainer that enabled key training events to be transitioned from the aircraft to the simulator, in the process saving the U.S. Navy wear and tear associated with flight operations to support in-flight training," said David Williams, L-3 Link’s vice president of Training Services. "We also made other significant modifications to the program’s training devices in recent years allowing TACAMO aircrews to undergo training that prepares them to support this platform’s important airborne command post and communications center mission."

Both academic and simulator aircrew instruction delivered by L-3 Link supports initial qualification, instructor upgrade, refresher, re-qualification, instrument ground school and crew resource management training. The E-6B ATS schoolhouse is located at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. and the FAA Level D equivalent E-6B Operational Flight Trainer is housed in an adjacent L-3 Link facility.

L-3 Link Simulation and Training, which is celebrating its 80th anniversary, is a systems integration organization that delivers and supports training systems and equipment to enhance operational proficiency. The company’s current services include conducting front-end analysis; program design; simulator design and production; field support; aircraft logistics support; training and courseware support; and air traffic control training. It has major operations in Arlington, Texas, and other key bases of operation in Binghamton, N.Y.; Orlando, Fla.; Broken Arrow, Okla.; and Phoenix, Ariz.

Headquartered in New York City, L-3 Communications employs over 65,000 people worldwide and is a prime contractor in aircraft modernization and maintenance, C3ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) systems and government services. L-3 is also a leading provider of high technology products, systems and subsystems. The company reported 2008 sales of $14.9 billion. To learn more about L-3 Communications, please visit the company’s web site at www.L-3Com.com.

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