Lockheed submits KC-46 training proposal

June 4, 2012 at 12:41 PM
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ORLANDO, Fla., June 4 (UPI) -- A proposal for a crew training system for the KC-46 aerial refueling tanker has been submitted to the U.S. Air Force by Lockheed Martin.

The system offered will prepare pilots, boom operators and others for air refueling, cargo transport and medical evacuation operations and supports the service global mobility strategy, the company said.

"Lockheed Martin's solution for the KC-46 Aircrew Training System minimizes cost and training time while providing each airman with a customized learning environment," said Jim Weitzel, vice president of training solutions at Lockheed Martin's Global Training and Logistics business.

"The design builds on our proven methodologies that prepare 35,000 airmen on 36 aircraft variants each year."

The first aircrews are expected to begin training with the system in 2016.

The Aircrew Training System includes training devices, courseware, instructors and logistics support. Lockheed Martin said its system leverages company experience in building and administering training programs for C-5, C-130, F-15, F-16, F-22 and F-35 aircraft.

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