Posted by Courtney E. Howard
ARLINGTON, Texas, 24 Aug. 2011. L-3 Link Simulation & Training (L-3 Link) won a contract to build and deliver to the Pakistan Air Force two of its F-16C Block 52 Aircrew Training Devices (ATDs). The company’s simulators are scheduled to be installed and networked at the PAF’s Shahbaz Air Base in 2013. Pakistan Air Force personnel will use the F-16C Block 52 ATDs to support new pilot, pilot conversion, and advanced skills training.
“These F-16C Block 52 Aircrew Training Devices will be built on proven and cost-effective common hardware and software designs that will enable L-3 Link to deliver a solution tailored to meet Pakistan Air Force training requirements,” explains Leonard Genna, president of L-3 Link. “These high-fidelity devices will enable a significant percentage of F-16 pilot training to be conducted through the use of simulation.”
Pilots can use the ATDs to practice takeoffs and landings, low-level flight, and emergency procedures. The systems also enable advanced skills training, such as acquiring and identifying targets while delivering a range of ordnance during simulated air-to-air and air-to-ground missions.
Engineers with integrate each F-16C Block 52 ATD with L-3 Link’s SimuSphere HD 18-facet visual system display, providing pilots with a 360-degree field of view. The simulators will feature high-definition (HD) databases and image generation systems to provide realistic, relevant training environments. Both F-16 ATDs will incorporate L-3 Link’s simulated Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System for practicing control of aircraft targeting systems and sensors. Day and night-vision goggle training will be conducted over a geo-specific visual system database of Pakistan.
The two F-16C Block 52 ATDs will be supported by one mission support system, whereas each simulator will have a dedicated instructor/operator station.