Link Simulation & Training Awarded Upgrade to B-2A Spirit Training System

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NEW YORK, NY, October 3, 2000 - L-3 Communications (NYSE:LLL) today announced that its Link Simulation and Training division has been awarded a $3.9 million contract to develop concurrency upgrades on operator training devices for the U.S. Air Force's B-2A Spirit training program.

Under this contract, which was awarded by the Air Force's Aeronautical Systems Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Link's Binghamton, NY operation will be upgrading aircrew training devices that provide complete training for B-2A pilots. These trainers support initial and continuation training, in addition to providing rehearsal training for actual combat missions flown by pilots of the Air Force's 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base, MO.

"This key award continues Link's partnership with the USAF and Northrop Grumman, the B-2A Spirit weapons system developer, in the modernization of both the Spirit fleet and the training system which supports the men and women who operate and maintain it," said David Burns, Link's vice president of Binghamton operations. "This is the next step in a long term relationship between our people and the USAF Stealth Bomber team which started in the mid 1980s."

The training devices Link will upgrade include three B-2A Weapon System Trainers and a Mission Trainer. Upgrades to these trainers, which have been fielded at Whiteman AFB since the early 1990s, will focus on concurrency modifications to the devices' software and hardware.

These concurrency modifications -- which will be fielded by Link shortly before B-2A aircraft modifications are completed in late 2002 -- will enable aircrews to train on the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile and other associated onboard upgrades that are now being developed for the B-2A Spirit weapon system.

This upgrade effort is one part of an overall training system modification that will provide training device and curriculum updates to support the next B-2 Multi-Stage Improvement Program aircraft upgrade.

This contract award comes in the form of a delivery order to Link's existing B-2 Training System Contractor Logistic Support contract awarded to the company in 1998. This indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract spans 10 years and calls for Link to provide all contractor-supplied services and product updates for the B-2A Spirit training system.

The B-2A Weapon System Trainer is a full-motion, high fidelity simulator providing out-the-window visual scenes and full simulation of all onboard systems. The trainer allows B-2A pilots to master complex onboard systems and become proficient in the operation of the weapons system while flying simulated combat scenarios literally anywhere in the world in preparation for actual missions in the B-2A Spirit aircraft.

B-2A Spirit pilots use the mission trainer to perfect their skills in the operation of onboard offensive and defensive systems. This trainer, designed to teach the complex right seat functions for this two-pilot aircraft, supports practice on functions ranging from radar operation to weapons delivery.

Link Simulation & Training is a systems integration organization that specializes in delivering and supporting training systems and equipment that enhance operational proficiency. Link's full range of services include conducting front end analysis, program design, course development and production, interactive distance learning, simulator design and production, training implementation, training evaluation, training management and field support. Link has its headquarters operation in Arlington, Tex. and other major bases of operation in Kirkwood, NY, Orlando, Fla., and Broken Arrow, Okla.

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