Air Force contracts for F-16 training tech

Jan. 26, 2009 at 12:12 PM

NEW YORK, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- The U.S. Air Force has contracted L-3 Link Simulation & Training to develop a simulator for the F-16 fighter pilot training program.

U.S. company L-3 Link was awarded the contract from the Air Force Aeronautical Systems Center's Simulator Systems Group. Under the $68.2 million contract, L-3 will support the Air Force's F-16 Mission Training Center program development with simulator technologies.

L-3 Link says it will develop the F-16 MTC to provide Air Force pilots with basic and advanced tactics and mission training with technologies that replicate the F-16's weapon systems.

"The F-16 Mission Training Center program will be integrated with L-3 Link's next-generation visual and display simulation technologies designed to greatly enhance fighter pilot training realism," Bob Birmingham, L-3 Link Simulation & Training president, said in a statement.

"The strong, best-in-class F-16 MTC program team L-3 Link has formed with the Boeing Co. will provide the U.S. Air Force with a solution that will maximize war fighters' operational readiness."

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