L-3 Communications to Build F-16 Simulators for Iraq

The trainers will have L-3’s simulated Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System
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The trainers will have L-3’s simulated Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System

L-3 Communications, a provider of command, control, communications, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems, will build two F-16 Block 52 Full Mission Trainers for the Iraqi Air Force under a contract with the U.S. Air Force.
L-3 says its Link Simulation & Training has been awarded the contract by the U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio.
“L-3 is focused on diversifying our business, both internationally and commercially, and this award further demonstrates our commitment to that strategy,” said Steve Kantor, L-3’s Electronic Systems Group’s president. “We have long been a leader in military simulation and training, and this is our first-ever military simulator sale to Iraq.”
The F-16 Block 52 FMTs, being built at L-3’s Arlington, Texas facility, will incorporate the company’s HD World integrated simulation product line, as well as use high-definition databases, image generators, SimuSphere HD-9 visual displays and physics-based processing technology to produce realistic and relevant fighter training environments within a geo-specific visual system database of Iraq, L-3 says.
In addition, the FMTs will incorporate L-3’s simulated Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System, enabling pilots to view flight information wherever they turn their head while conducting a flight. This simulation capability will allow pilots to practice control of aircraft targeting systems and sensors.
“We welcome Iraq as our 11th international customer for F-16 training systems,” said Lenny Genna, president of L-3 Link. “Our immersive, high-definition simulation solution will enable Iraqi Air Force F-16 pilots to gain training credit equivalent to live training while conducting new pilot and advanced skills training.”