L-3 Link Simulation & Training Announces Product Launch of SimuStrike

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

ARLINGTON, Texas, November 28, 2011 – L-3 Link Simulation & Training (L-3 Link) announced today its introduction of SimuStrike, a low-cost, full-capability flight simulator that will be used by the U.S. Navy to support F/A-18 training requirements. Four F/A-18 SimuStrike systems have been ordered, with an initial delivery scheduled later this year to Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River, Md.

“We developed SimuStrike in response to a recognized need by our customers for a lower cost trainer that can support operational and tactical training,” said Leonard Genna, president of L-3 Link. “SimuStrike not only meets these requirements, but is also a strong complement to our high-fidelity F/A-18 Tactical Operational Flight Trainer (TOFT) product line. In fact, SimuStrike’s reconfigurability, scalability and design enable it to support any U.S. or allied nation’s fast jet simulation requirement.”

F/A-18 SimuStrike systems can be reconfigured within 15 minutes to support either pilot or weapon system operator training. In addition, SimuStrike’s realism and concurrency are enhanced through use of the same software package integrated within L-3 Link-built F/A-18 TOFTs.

The low-cost trainers being built for the U.S. Navy are easily transportable, occupy a small footprint and operate with the same software release as full-fidelity TOFTs, virtually eliminating life-cycle costs to maintain aircraft concurrency. SimuStrike’s touch screen cockpit instrumentation front panel is capable of being embedded with computer-based training courseware that allows trainees to access refresher training prior to, or during, an exercise.

The SimuStrike system delivered to NAS Patuxent River will support F/A-18 integration with the U.S. Navy’s Next Generation Threat System, which provides a complex and realistic synthetic environment to support full-spectrum aircrew training. A system will also be deployed to Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, Calif., in 2012 to support aircraft enhancement verification and tactics development. The remaining two systems will be housed at L-3 Link’s Arlington, Texas facility to support aircraft concurrency and fidelity upgrades that will be fielded on both SimuStrike and TOFT simulators located at various U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps installations.

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. For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.link.com.

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 2010 sales of $15.7 billion. To learn more about L-3, please visit the company’s website at www.L-3com.com.

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