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Link T&S wins F/A-18 sim upgrades

19th December 2017 - 14:23 GMT | by Trevor Nash in London

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L3 Technologies Link Training & Simulation has received two contracts for F/A-18 simulator upgrades for the Royal Canadian Air Force’s (RCAF) CF-18 and the devices in-service with the Swiss Air Force that support the F/A-18.

The Swiss Air Force contract is for the service life extension of the Swiss Hornet Operational Training Systems (SHOTS). SHOTS comprises four networked mission simulators designed for immersive mission training.

The upgrade is scheduled for completion in 2020.

‘SHOTS is built on proven, cost-effective common hardware and software designs that enable L3 Link to deliver a solution tailored to meet Swiss Air Force requirements,’ said Lenny Genna, president of L3 Link Training & Simulation.

‘These high-fidelity devices will enable a significant part of F/A-18 pilot training to be conducted using simulators, saving the Swiss Air Force both time and money, while producing a better fighter pilot.’

This upgrade will replace the current visual system to Link’s SimuSphere HD 9-facet visual system display, update the high-definition database and install an aural cueing upgrade kit to provide aircrews with a fully immersive training environment.

The upgrade also includes the latest iteration Operational Flight Program (OFP) software and a technology refresh of the hardware and software systems to ensure the trainers are supportable through 2030.

In other Link news, the company has been awarded a US$10.59 million contract that provides for a software upgrade and integration of the CF-18 C21X-B2.0 OFP for the RCAF’s CF-18 training devices located at Bagotville and Cold Lake.

These upgrades are expected to be completed for this foreign military sales programme in November 2021.  The contract was awarded by the US Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division in Orlando, Florida.

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