Second Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18F Tactical Operational Flight Trainer Achieves Ready-for-Training Status
Contact: Rick Oyler | Manager, Communications | L-3 Link Simulation & Training | 817-619-3536
ARLINGTON, Texas, May 25, 2011 – L-3 Link Simulation & Training (L-3 Link) announced today that a second F/A-18F Tactical Operational Flight Trainer (TOFT) has achieved ready-for-training status for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).
The TOFT, which L-3 Link built under contract to and in conjunction with the Boeing Company, was also delivered with an additional brief/debrief system and a new Australian photo texture database using L-3 Link’s latest visual system techniques and tools. Both TOFTs are installed at RAAF Base Amberley and represent the first high-fidelity F/A-18F simulators to be operated by a foreign military.
“Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18F aircrews are now able to undergo a full spectrum of advanced tactical training on these high-technology simulators,” said Leonard Genna, president of L-3 Link. “These TOFTs, which leverage our proven F/A-18 simulator common hardware and software baselines, are meeting the RAAF’s unique training requirements.”
Each trainer is integrated with L-3 Link’s 360-degree SimuSphere® visual display and SimuView® image generator, which support training scenarios ranging from basic flight to multi-ship tactical employment. Boeing Training Systems and Services’ mission computer emulation, simulated radar, electronic countermeasures and Joint Helmet-Mounted Cueing System provide both pilots and air combat officers with a completely immersive training environment.
The two fully integrated mission briefing and debriefing systems capture all mission event data as F/A-18F aircrews undertake air-to-air and air-to-ground simulated exercises. Following mission execution, RAAF aircrews use L-3 Link’s debriefing system to evaluate their tactical performance and review lessons learned to maximize training exercises.
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 63,000 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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