ARLINGTON, Texas, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- L-3 Link Simulation and Training announced it received a contract option from the U.S. Air Force to build a fifth F-16 Mission Training Center.
"The new F-16 Mission Training Centers we are building and fielding for the U.S. Air Force represent a major leap forward in military flight simulation realism that will maximize pilot operational readiness while reducing overall training costs," L-3 Link President Leonard Genna said.
"Pilots will be immersed in high-definition, dynamic training scenarios that will enable them to practice air-to-air and air-to-ground missions under any condition that might be encountered during actual flight."
L-3 Link said it is achieving advanced training capability by integrating its HD World simulation product line on all F-16 MTC training devices.
Each F-16 MTC, which consists of four simulators, incorporates high-definition displays, image generation, databases and dynamic environments.
Boeing is providing instructor/operator stations in support of all F-16 MTC installations, as well as the mission observation and brief/debrief systems.
The fielding of the first F-16 MTC is under way at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, with completion and operational turnover to the Air Force scheduled for this year.
Additional F-16 MTCs, which can simulate either the fighter aircraft's Block 40/42 or 50/52 configurations, are scheduled for potential future delivery at Air Force installations in South Carolina, Utah, New Mexico, South Korea, Italy, Japan and Germany.