ORLANDO, Fla., May 2 (UPI) -- New training devices for C-130J aircraft are being provided to the U.S. Air Force by Lockheed Martin under a $156 million contract.
The 24 devices to be supplied -- under the Air Force's C-130J Maintenance and Aircrew Training System II – include weapons systems, enhanced integrated cockpit systems, loadmaster fuselage and loadmaster part-task trainers and cargo handling system training aids.
Lockheed Martin said it will also provide program management and engineering services under the award.
The training devices will support multiple C-130J communities as they receive new aircraft.
"The technology that is available now offers incredible flexibility, realism and networking capabilities for distributed mission operations," said Jim Weitzel, vice president of training solutions in Lockheed Martin's Global Training and Logistics business.
"The new integrated cockpit systems trainers, for example, allow both aircrews and maintainers to train on the same device for the first time. We're able to deliver more capability with unprecedented value."
The U.S. Air Force Air Combat Command, Air Mobility Command and Special Operations Command will use the devices for C-130J initial qualification and refresher training.
Lockheed Martin said the trainers would be delivered by 2016. Bases to receive them are in New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, Florida, Arkansas and Georgia. Ramstein Air Base in Germany will also be a recipient.