L-3 Communications’ Link Simulation & Training Awarded $15.2 Million Contract to Support E-3 Flight Crew Training Program
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NEW YORK, NY, January 29, 2007 - L-3 Communications (NYSE: LLL) announced today that its Link Simulation and Training (L-3 Link) division has been awarded a $15.2 million contract option from the U.S. Air Force to provide continued support of the service’s E-3 Contractor Training and Simulation Services (CTSS) program.
L-3 Link, prime contractor on the E-3 flight crew training program since 1993, today is providing training services in support of the E-3 CTSS under a contract initially awarded in 1999. Annual contract options could extend L-3 Link’s support of E-3 flight crew training through 2014.
Aircrew training of E-3 flight crews - including pilot, navigator and flight engineer stations - takes place at an L-3 Link facility in Oklahoma City, OK that is adjacent to Tinker Air Force Base. E-3 flight crews of the U.S. Air Force’s 552nd Air Control Wing initially undergo classroom academic instruction and computer based training. Next, E-3 flight crew members migrate - depending on their mission role - to a navigator part task trainer, a flight training device and two high fidelity operational flight trainers. L-3 Link provides student instruction, performs logistics and maintenance services and ensures that training materials and equipment remain concurrent with changes to the E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft.
"At L-3 Link it remains our goal on the E-3 Contractor Training and Simulation Services program to provide the Air Force with a superb learning environment that continues to produce highly qualified Sentry flight crew personnel," said David Williams, Vice President of Training Services at L-3 Link Simulation and Training. "We will continue to remain responsive and provide a flexible approach that will meet a full range of E-3 flight crew mission readiness training requirements."
The program’s two high fidelity E-3 AWACS operational flight trainers enable aircrews to practice takeoffs, landings, aerial refuelings and emergency procedures. The operational flight trainers move on a six-degree-of-freedom motion system that replicates the aircraft’s flight attitudes. Out-the-window computer generated imagery is projected across a 225° horizontal by 50° vertical visual system display.
The E-3 AWACS flight training device, although lacking a visual or motion system, enables aircrews to receive instruction in essential elements of cockpit resource management and crew coordination within a highly realistic cockpit environment.
L-3 Link is a systems integration organization that delivers and supports training systems and equipment to enhance operational proficiency. L-3 Link’s services include conducting front-end analysis, program design, simulator design and production and field support. L-3 Link has major operations in Arlington, TX, and other key bases of operation in Binghamton, NY; Orlando, FL; Broken Arrow, OK and Phoenix, AZ.
Headquartered in New York City, L-3 Communications is a leading provider of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) systems, secure communications systems, aircraft modernization, training and government services. The company is a leading merchant supplier of a broad array of high technology products, including guidance and navigation, sensors, scanners, fuzes, data links, propulsion systems, simulators, avionics, electro optics, satellite communications, electrical power equipment, encryption, signal intelligence, antennas and microwave components. L-3 also supports a variety of Homeland Security initiatives with products and services. Its customers include the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, selected U.S. Government intelligence agencies and aerospace prime contractors. To learn more about L-3 Communications, please visit the company’s web site at www.L-3Com.com.
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