L-3 Communications awarded $9.9 million contract option to upgrade existing U.S. Navy F/A-18 Weapons Tactics Trainer.L-3 Communications (NYSE NYSE
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Under this new contract option, Link will upgrade the F/A-18C WTT 40-foot dome to an F/A-18E/F aircraft configuration and integrate it with a new technology visual system. The advanced visual system solution will use Link's personal computer-based SimuView image generation system, a state-of-the-art target projection system and an advanced laser projection system developed by Link team member Jenoptik LDT GmbH. The F/A-18E/F WTT will continue to afford aircrews a 360(degree) field-of-view.
"Award of this contract option will enable Link to upgrade the second of two F/A-18 dome trainers at NAS Oceana, enabling these legacy trainers to benefit from recent advancements in visual system technologies and become concurrent with the advanced Super Hornet platform," said John McNellis, president of Link Simulation and Training. "All of the newly built and upgraded F/A-18 trainers that are part of the program's initial and option contracts support full mission training aimed at enhancing mission readiness."
In addition to the upgrade to the first F/A-18E/F WTT, the initial contract awarded to Link earlier in 2003 also calls for building one new F/A-18E/F Tactical Operational Flight Trainer Operational Flight Trainer (OFT) is a training device, often a flight simulator, intended for general flight training as opposed to specialist tactics and weapons training. (TOFT TOFT. A place or piece of ground on which, a house formerly stood, which has been destroyed by accident or decay; it also signifies a messuage. ) and upgrading an existing F/A-18E/F TOFT with the company's SimuSphere visual system display.
The two F/A-18E/F WTT domes will be networked to the new and upgraded F/A-18E/F TOFTs. During networked training exercises high fidelity audio communication among all pilots, weapon system officers and instructors will enhance training realism.
Link Simulation and Training is a systems integration organization that delivers and supports training systems and equipment designed to enhance operational proficiency. Link's services include conducting front end analysis, simulator design and production, and field support. Link has its headquarters operation in Arlington, TX and other key bases of operation in Binghamton, NY, Orlando, FL, Broken Arrow, OK, and Phoenix, AZ.
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