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L-3 Wins F-16 Mission Training Center Program

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--L-3 Link Simulation & Training (L-3 Link) announced today it has been awarded a $68.2 million multiple year contract to develop the U.S. Air Force’s F-16 Mission Training Center (MTC) program. L-3 Link received the contract award from the Aeronautical Systems Center’s Simulator Systems Group at Wright Patterson Air Force Base.


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The program includes options for the production, delivery and sustainment of up to 20 four-ship F-16 MTCs at Air Force installations in the U.S., Europe and Pacific region. High fidelity F-16 MTC simulators, which will accurately model all of the fighter aircraft’s weapon systems and ordnance, will be delivered in Block 40/42 and 50/52 configurations to support basic and advanced pilot mission training, tactics validation and mission rehearsal.

“The F-16 Mission Training Center program will be integrated with L-3 Link’s next generation visual and display simulation technologies designed to greatly enhance fighter pilot training realism,” said Bob Birmingham, president of Link Simulation and Training. “The strong, best-in-class F-16 MTC program team L-3 Link has formed with The Boeing Company will provide the U.S. Air Force with a solution that will maximize warfighters’ operational readiness.”

Each F-16 MTC installation will consist of four high-fidelity training devices that are integrated with a 360º visual display, robust synthetic environment, instructor/operator station and brief/debrief station. The simulators can be operated individually or linked together to provide four-ship training, both within the MTC and the service’s Distributed Missions Operations (DMO) network environment.

F-16 MTC simulators will be delivered with L-3 Link’s HD World® integrated simulation product line designed for high performance platforms, which combines high definition databases, image generation systems, physics-based processing technology and visual system displays to create highly realistic and relevant training environments. HD World’s visual display component, SimuSphere® HD, will provide each F-16 MTC training device with an immersive field-of-view that can display out-the-window imagery at 20/40 visual acuity.

The U.S. Air Force has selected Link to supply the majority of its F-16 pilot training devices since the 1970s, when the systems were first developed.

L-3 Link Simulation and Training is a systems integration organization that delivers and supports training systems and equipment to enhance operational proficiency. The company’s current services include conducting front-end analysis; program design; simulator design and production; field support; aircraft logistics support; and air traffic control training. It has major operations in Arlington, Texas, and other key bases of operation in Binghamton, N.Y.; Orlando, Fla.; Broken Arrow, Okla. and Phoenix, Ariz.

Headquartered in New York City, L-3 Communications employs over 64,000 people worldwide and is a prime contractor in aircraft modernization and maintenance, C3ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) systems and government services. L-3 is also a leading provider of high technology products, systems and subsystems. The company reported 2007 sales of $14 billion.

To learn more about L-3, please visit the company's Web site at www.L-3com.com. L-3 uses its Web site as a channel of distribution of material company information. Financial and other material information regarding L-3 is routinely posted on the company’s Web site and is readily accessible.

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L-3 Link Simulation & Training
Rick Oyler, 817-619-3536