L-3 Communications to Provide E-8C Joint STARS Aircrew Training for U.S. Air Force
Contact: Rick Oyler | L-3 Link Simulation & Training | 817-619-3536
ARLINGTON, TX, October 23, 2003 - L-3 Communications (NYSE: LLL) announced today that its Link Simulation and Training division has been awarded a contract by Northrop Grumman to provide contractor aircrew training services in support of the U.S. Air Force's E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS) Flight Crew Training program.
Link, which is currently receiving transition funding from Northrop Grumman, will become fully responsible for E-8C JSTARS contractor aircrew training services in November under a one-year approximate $1.5 million contract. In addition to the initial contract award, Northrop Grumman could award Link four follow-on annual contract options through 2007. Northrop Grumman has Total System Support Responsibility (TSSR) for the E-8C aircraft and training.
The E-8C Joint STARS, which is a Northrop Grumman-modified Boeing 707-300 aircraft, is an airborne battle management, command and control, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance platform. Its primary mission is to provide U.S. ground and air commanders with ground surveillance to support attack operations and targeting designed to delay, disrupt and destroy enemy forces.
E-8C flight crews, which include pilot, co-pilot and flight engineer positions, undertake their training at Robins Air Force Base, GA. Flight crews, from the 116th Air Control Wing at Robins AFB represent a unique combination of both Air National Guard and active Air Force personnel.
"We look forward to joining the Northrop Grumman TSSR team and providing Air Force active duty and Air National Guard E-8C aircrews the very best training possible," said David Williams, vice president of Training Services at Link Simulation and Training. "The training delivered by Link will qualify new aircrews for the E-8C mission in addition to providing continuation training to keep aircrews current."
On November 1, 2003 Link will begin providing E-8C flight deck crews with classroom instruction that will enable the crews to transition to the cockpit procedures trainer and weapon system trainer. The E-8C weapon system trainer enables flight crews to practice takeoffs, landings, aerial refueling and emergency procedures.
In addition to scheduling training and tracking student progress, Link will be responsible for making timely inputs to the training curriculum to maintain concurrency with the aircraft's systems, tactics and procedures.
Link Simulation and 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 major operations in Arlington, TX; Binghamton, NY; Orlando, FL; Broken Arrow, OK; and Phoenix, AZ.
Headquartered in New York City, L-3 Communications is a leading merchant supplier of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) products, secure communications systems and products, avionics and ocean products, training products, microwave components and telemetry, instrumentation, space and wireless products. Its customers include the Department of Defense, selected US government intelligence agencies, aerospace prime contractors and commercial telecommunications and wireless customers.
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