L-3 Link Simulation & Training Awarded Contract to Upgrade CF-18 Simulators

Contact: Rick Oyler | Manager, Communications | L-3 Link Simulation & Training | 817-619-3536

ARLINGTON, Texas, September 6, 2011 – L-3 Link Simulation & Training (L-3 Link) announced today that it has been awarded a foreign military sale contract from the U.S. Navy Naval Air Systems Command’s Training Systems Division to upgrade Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) CF-18 flight simulators located at Cold Lake, Bagotville and Ottawa.

“This upgrade effort will enable Canada to rapidly gain training system concurrency with its CF-18 aircraft while increasing simulation fidelity at the lowest risk and cost,” said Leonard Genna, president of L-3 Link. “By sharing a common F/A-18 training solution with the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps, our allied forces will be able to leverage future solutions and improvements that seamlessly benefit force readiness in both countries.”

Existing CF-18 Air Combat Emulators (ACEs), CF-18 Part Task Trainers, instructor/operator stations and brief/debrief systems – initially built and delivered by L-3 Link – will be upgraded with the latest F/A-18 training system capabilities. Upgrade efforts to the CAF’s six full-fidelity ACEs and 10 part task trainers will incorporate the same proven level of fidelity integrated today on L-3 Link-built U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps Tactical Operational Flight Trainers. In addition, the CF-18 training systems will be integrated with Canadian-unique aircraft capabilities. Other key upgrades to the trainers will include a new photo-texture visual system database and Mission Operation Center capability to conduct multi-ship training.

Each CF-18 ACE, which can support a full range of training scenarios, is integrated with L-3 Link’s 360-degree SimuSphere® visual display and SimuView® image generator. The Link-developed mission management system consists of instructor/operator systems, brief/debrief systems and mission operations systems that allow for real-time and pre/post mission briefings to aircrews.

L-3 Link Simulation & Training is a world leader in providing total training solutions for operators and maintainers across a wide range of military platforms and Air Traffic Control systems. 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 training systems to customer locations throughout North America, Europe, Asia 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 Phoenix, Ariz. For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.link.com.

Headquartered in New York City, L-3 Communications employs approximately 61,000 people worldwide and is a prime contractor in C3ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) systems, aircraft modernization and maintenance, and government services. L-3 is also a leading provider of a broad range of electronic systems used on military and commercial platforms. The company reported 2010 sales of $15.7 billion. To learn more about L-3, please visit the company’s website at www.L-3com.com.

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