L-3 Link Awarded Flight School XXI Contract Modification to Supply CH-47F Operational Flight Trainers
Contact: Rick Oyler | Manager, Communications | L-3 Link Simulation & Training | 817-619-3536
ARLINGTON, Texas, December 1, 2014 – L-3 Link Simulation & Training (L-3 Link) announced today that it has been awarded a contract modification from Computer Sciences Corporation to provide two additional CH-47F Chinook Operational Flight Trainers (OFTs) for the U.S. Army’s Flight School XXI program. L-3 Link will be replacing two CH-47D OFTs, formerly used by the Flight School XXI program, with new simulators in the CH-47F configuration.
The simulators will become Flight School XXI’s second and third CH-47F high-fidelity training devices. The first CH-47F OFT, also provided by L-3 Link, began training Chinook aircrews in 2013.
“We look forward to providing Flight School XXI with additional CH-47F Operational Flight Trainers to support the growing demand for aircrew training on this advanced aircraft,” said Gary Coleman, L-3 Link’s vice president for Army programs. “In addition to CH-47F aircrews gaining aircraft-equivalent training for all modes of flight, these high-fidelity simulators will provide the government a substantial cost savings compared to instruction undertaken on an actual Chinook helicopter.”
The two new CH-47F OFTs will be integrated with a high-performance visual display system and LED projectors. This will be the first use of LED projectors for the out-the-window display on any Flight School XXI training device, a move that will offer higher resolution and brightness while providing longer operational performance at a reduced maintenance cost. Geo-specific databases will provide a realistic, high-fidelity virtual environment that immerses aircrews in dynamic training scenarios. Aircrews will be able to use their actual flight night vision goggles when conducting simulated nighttime missions.
Flight School XXI, recognized as the largest helicopter simulation training program in the world, is managed and operated by CSC. L-3 Link is the largest supplier of flight simulators to the program, which includes delivery of 17 OFTs and 18 Reconfigurable Collective Training Devices.
Flight School XXI annually trains 1,200 new student pilots, who have no previous flight experience, to become combat mission aviators. In addition, each year, 1,600 rated Army aviators undergo training that enables them to operate a new aircraft platform.
L-3 Link Simulation & Training 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.
Headquartered in New York City, L-3 employs approximately 48,000 people worldwide and is a prime contractor in aerospace systems and national security solutions. L-3 is also a leading provider of a broad range of communication and electronic systems and products used on military and commercial platforms. The company reported 2013 (revised) sales of $12.6 billion. To learn more about L-3, please visit the company’s website at www.L-3com.com.
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