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NAVY ACCEPTS DELIVERY OF McDONNELL DOUGLAS WEAPONS SYSTEMS TRAINER

 NAVY ACCEPTS DELIVERY OF McDONNELL DOUGLAS WEAPONS SYSTEMS TRAINER
 ST. LOUIS, Feb. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Navy has accepted delivery of a McDonnell Douglas (NYSE: MD) weapons systems trainer offering the most advanced tactical environment available today. The system was developed for the Navy's F-14D Tomcat by McDonnell Douglas Training Systems (MDTS) as a subcontractor to Grumman Aircraft Corp.
 The advanced system, installed at Naval Air Station Miramar, Calif., consists of two 40-foot domes equipped with full F-14D cockpits. The flight trainers can be flown individually or linked together to simulate battle scenarios with a wingman. The weapons systems trainer presents an integrated battle environment with up to 196 surface and air threats at a time, including third-party engagement. In addition, the trainer includes full simulation of the F-14D APG-71 radar, with a correlating ground map. It also offers four levels of skill challenge, from novice to ace.
 The weapons systems trainer is the second of three types of training devices to be delivered for the F-14D trainer program under a contract awarded to McDonnell Douglas Training Systems in 1987. McDonnell Douglas delivered a mission flight trainer for basic aircraft and flight operations to Miramar late in 1990.
 The third training device, scheduled for delivery in November 1992, is a tactical environment system (TES), which will expand the weapons systems trainer capabilities by linking three additional cockpit devices for simulated interactive flight. With 23 computer processors on each device, along with the four TES processors, 119 processors will interface to create a very complex combat air patrol scenario for full mission rehearsal.
 The entire F-14D training system is designed to teach pilots to work together to defend the fleet against surface and air threats. Computers linked to the threats also devise countermeasures against the F-14D group's tactics. The technology for the tactical environment system has been under development at McDonnell Douglas for almost two decades.
 Current Navy plans call for two mission flight trainers, one weapons system trainer and one tactical environment system to be installed at Miramar, home of the Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN).
 MDTS, a division of McDonnell Douglas Corp., was formed in January 1990 with the merger of the corporation's major military training operations into one unit. MDTS offers a comprehensive scope of training resources, including initial needs analysis, development of instructional systems and software, training devices, classroom instruction and overall program management.
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