L-3 Link Simulation & Training Awarded $24.1 Million Contract to Build F/A-18 Trainers for Kuwait Air Force

NEW YORK, 29 Nov. 2010. L-3 Communications’ Link Simulation & Training division won a $24.1 million contract from the U.S. Navy to provide the Kuwait Air Force (KAF) with two F/A-18C Tactical Operational Flight Trainers (TOFTs) and associated training equipment. The training system is being sold to the KAF through the Foreign Military Sales program.

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NEW YORK, 29 Nov. 2010. L-3 Communications’ Link Simulation & Training division won a $24.1 million contract from the U.S. Navy to provide the Kuwait Air Force (KAF) with two F/A-18C Tactical Operational Flight Trainers (TOFTs) and associated training equipment. The training system is being sold to the KAF through the Foreign Military Sales program.

“These F/A-18 simulators will provide the Kuwait Air Force with a significant increase in training capability,” says Lenny Genna, president of L-3 Link. “The trainers will be built on a proven and reliable U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18 simulator baseline, enabling Kuwaiti F/A-18 pilots to enhance their tactical skills over a full range of mission areas.”

In addition to the two F/A-18C TOFTs, L-3 Link will also deliver two instructor operator stations, a brief/debrief system, associated computational systems, a night-vision training system, and a theater-specific visual system database. Delivery of these systems will mark the 16th and 17th F/A-18 TOFTs supplied by L-3 Link to an international military service.

The networked simulators will enable pilots to jointly conduct simulated air-to-air and air-to-ground tactics, normal and emergency procedures, and night-vision goggle operations. Both of the simulators are integrated with L-3 Link’s SimuSphere 360-degree field-of-view visual display.

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