L-3 Link Simulation & Training to Upgrade Swiss F/A-18C Tactical Operational Flight Trainers
Contact: Rick Oyler | Manager, Communications | L-3 Link Simulation & Training | 817-619-3536
ARLINGTON, Texas, April 11, 2011 – L-3 Link Simulation & Training (L-3 Link) announced today that it has been awarded a contract from armasuisse to provide upgrades that will keep the Swiss Air Force’s F/A-18C Tactical Operational Flight Trainers and associated training system equipment concurrent with modifications being made to the service’s F/A-18C aircraft.
The hardware and software training system upgrades will be accomplished in two phases. During phase one, L-3 Link will integrate the aircraft’s 23X(S) operational flight program and simulate the Swiss F/A-18C’s Advanced Targeting Forward-Looking Infrared sensor using L-3’s HD World™ database generation technology. Phase two of the program will include integrating the trainers with the aircraft’s 25X(S) operational flight program, in addition to simulating the AN/ALR-67(V)3 digital radar warning receiver, solid-state recorder and upgraded multi-function cockpit displays.
“L-3 Link is very pleased to continue to be the F/A-18 training solution provider for the Swiss Air Force and to be given the opportunity to upgrade the trainers to maintain concurrency with planned aircraft modifications,” said Leonard Genna, president of L-3 Link. “This effort will help maintain an effective training balance between the high-fidelity trainers and the Swiss F/A-18 aircraft.”
The Swiss F/A-18 trainers enable pilots to jointly conduct simulated air-to-air and air-to-ground tactical maneuvers, aerial refueling, normal and emergency procedures, and night vision goggle operations. The trainers are also integrated with a simulated joint helmet mounted cueing system that enables pilots to practice control of aircraft targeting systems and sensors.
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 63,000 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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