L-3 Link’s F-16C Aircrew Training Devices for the Pakistan Air Force Achieve Ready-for-Training Milestone
Contact: Rick Oyler | Manager, Communications | L-3 Link Simulation & Training | 817-619-3536
ARLINGTON, Texas, October 1, 2014 – L-3 Link Simulation & Training (L-3 Link) announced today that its F-16C Aircrew Training Devices (ATDs) delivered to the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) have become ready for training. Both simulators, one a Block 52 and the other a Block 15, are installed and networked at the PAF’s Shahbaz Air Base.
“L-3’s advanced F-16C Aircrew Training Devices are enabling Pakistan Air Force F-16 pilots to gain training credit equivalent to live training,” said Dan Kelly, L-3 Link’s vice president for Air Force and Navy programs. “Our high-fidelity simulation solution is allowing the PAF to cost-effectively conduct a significant percentage of its F-16 pilot training across a full range of mission scenarios.”
The PAF’s F-16C ATDs are supporting new pilot, pilot conversion and advanced skills training. Pilots are able to practice takeoffs and landings, low-level flight maneuvers and emergency procedures. In support of more advanced skills training, F-16 pilots are able to acquire and identify targets while accurately delivering a wide range of ordnance during simulated air-to-air and air-to-ground missions.
The PAF is the first international military service to use L-3 Link’s SimuSphere HD-9™ visual system display, which provides pilots with a high-fidelity, 360-degree field-of-view. The F-16 ATDs’ high-definition databases and image generation systems create highly realistic and relevant training environments. Each trainer incorporates L-3 Link’s simulated Joint Helmet-Mounted Cueing System, enabling pilots to practice control of aircraft targeting systems and sensors. Day and night vision goggle training is conducted over a geo-specific visual system database of Pakistan.
The two F-16C ATDs are supported by one mission support system. Each simulator has a dedicated instructor/operator station.
L-3 Link is the leading provider of F-16 simulators worldwide. Since the 1970s, the company has delivered approximately 140 F-16 training devices in support of the U.S. Air Force, Air National Guard and 11 foreign nations.
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.
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