L-3 Communications' Link Simulation and Training division to build Swiss F/A-18 simulators

NEW YORK, 1 Feb. 2007. L-3 Communications' Link Simulation and Training (L-3 Link) division has received a $40.9 million contract from armasuisse to build and deliver four networked F/A-18C tactical operational flight trainers (TOFTs) for the Swiss F/A-18 flight simulator upgrade program. The F/A-18C TOFTs and related training system equipment are slated to begin delivery to Payerne Air Force Base in the latter part of 2008 and will be ready for training in 2009.

Feb 1st, 2007

NEW YORK, 1 Feb. 2007.L-3 Communications' Link Simulation and Training (L-3 Link) division has received a $40.9 million contract from armasuisse to build and deliver four networked F/A-18C tactical operational flight trainers (TOFTs) for the Swiss F/A-18 flight simulator upgrade program.

The F/A-18C TOFTs and related training system equipment are slated to begin delivery to Payerne Air Force Base in the latter part of 2008 and will be ready for training in 2009.

This simulation system will enable Swiss F/A-18 pilots to perform a full spectrum of combat training while operating as a tactical team. The networked F/A-18C TOFTs will be integrated with L-3 Link's SimuView personal computer image generation system and SimuSphere 360-degree field-of-view visual display.

The Swiss-unique Mission Operations Center (MOC) will enable instructor personnel to oversee and manage all aspects of the training mission. The personal computer-based instructor operator station will be enhanced to enable MOC-level oversight of all manned aircraft in the training mission, including monitoring of any aircraft cockpit displays, instrumentation, and communications. The operator at any instructor station is able to maneuver simulated threat or friendly aircraft.

A Swiss Air Force-customized brief/debrief room will enable F/A-18 aircrews to prepare for their simulated mission by using real-world mission planning systems. Following execution of their simulated mission, Swiss F/A-18 pilots will have the opportunity to review mission event data captured by the debriefing system.

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