Posted by Skyler Frink
ORLANDO, FL. 17, Oct. 2011. Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] delivered and installed the first weapons load training device at the F-35 integrated pilot-and-maintenance training center (ITC) at Eglin Air Force Base’s 33rd Fighter Wing.
Configured in all three variants of the F-35 Lightning II, the system allows maintenance students to hone their skills loading munitions, missile systems and fuel tanks onto the aircraft. The system is the first of up to five possible weapons load trainers to be delivered to the ITC.
Designed to be identical to the F-35 aircraft, the weapons load training simulators enable training to take place without removing aircraft from the flight schedule. As part of F-35 maintainer training, the systems will complement classroom academics and additional hands-on experience.
This is the latest step in final preparation of the F-35 ITC. Earlier this year, the first two F-35 full mission simulators were installed, joining the aircraft systems maintenance trainer, mission rehearsal trainer, ejection seat maintenance trainer and pilot training aids.
The F-35 ITC at Eglin AFB will be home to the latest courseware, electronic classrooms, simulators and flight events. A balance of skill and knowledge training is woven into the program with interactive courseware, desktop simulators and training devices.