NEW YORK, 20 July 2007.L-3 Communications' Link Simulation and Training (L-3 Link) divisionA> has been awarded a contract from the Boeing Company to provide two F/A-18E/F Tactical Operational Flight Trainers (TOFTs) and two instructor operator stations.
"L-3 Link Simulation and Training's F/A-18E/F Tactical Operational Flight Trainers will provide Super Hornet aircrews with the ability to undertake a full range of simulated tactical mission scenarios," says Mike Wallace, vice president of Navy and Air Force programs at L-3 Link Simulation and Training. "These trainers -- based on L-3 Link Simulation and Training's proven F/A-18 simulator common architecture, SimuView image generation, SimuSphere visual display, and Boeing's simulated Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS) technologies -- will enable Super Hornet aircrews to maintain their proficiency and warfighting advantage."
The two additional F/A-18E/F TOFTs will join the four Super Hornet simulators currently under build at L-3 as the first F/A-18E/F TOFTs to be compliant with the Navy Aviation Simulation Master Plan, enabling aircrews to undertake networked missions and incorporate the revolutionary, emissions-based Next Generation Threat System.
The Boeing-developed simulated JHMCS will provide Super Hornet pilots and weapons sensor officers with a targeting system that can be used to control sensors and weapons through visual cueing. L-3's SimuSphere, configured to provide a 360-degree field-of-view, will surround both pilot and weapons sensor officer crew stations with out-the-window computer generated imagery.