Posted by John McHaleARLINGTON, Texas, 3 Aug. 2010. L-3 Link Simulation & Training announced won a $39.2 million in production contracts from Boeing to build 12 F-22 Full Mission Trainers (FMTs). Boeing developed and implemented the overall F-22 Training System, which includes L-3's high-fidelity F-22 FMTs that enable pilots to practice operating the aircraft. F-22 FMTs are used to reinforce air-to-air and air-to-ground warfighting skills, including undertaking simulated missions against advanced integrated radar networks and dense surface-to-air missile environments. The FMTs are integrated into the U.S. Air Force's Distributed Mission Operations training network, allowing F-22 pilots to train and conduct missions with other aircrews flying different simulated aircraft at locations throughout the world. "Since 2003, F-22 Full Mission Trainers have played a vital role in maintaining the mission readiness of pilots," says Bob Birmingham, president of L-3 Link. "These F-22 pilot training devices -- which are the product of extremely successful teaming between L-3 Link, The Boeing Co., and Lockheed Martin -- provide the final building block to train and reinforce pilot warfighting skills."L-3 Link has delivered nine F-22 FMTs, 23 F-22 Weapons Tactics Trainers, and five F-22 Egress Procedures Trainers in support of the F-22 Training System since 2003.