Lockheed Martin and Industry-Leading Team Win USAF F-16 Mission Training Center Contract
AKRON, OH, June 24th, 1999 -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) has won in a competitive procurement a seven-year indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract, valued at $176 million, to build F-16 Mission Training Centers (MTCs) for use by the U.S. Air Force Air Combat Command, announced the Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Lockheed Martin will initially build two MTCs for delivery to two sites in mid-2002, and will supply MTCs for use at air bases worldwide. Each F-16 Mission Training Center, comprised of two to four networked training devices for long-haul and local network functionality, will simulate typical F-16 tactical formations and operations, and will be designed to integrate with the U.S. Air Force's Distributed Mission Training operations.
"This win reinforces our position as a world-class tactical aircraft simulation and training provider," President James W. Dunn, Lockheed Martin Tactical Defense Systems, Akron, said. "Our teammates represent the 'best-in-class' providers in each one of their respective fields, from computer hardware to visual display systems to logistics and field maintenance."
Lockheed Martin Tactical Defense Systems-Akron, the lead company on this team operating under prime contractor Lockheed Martin Integrated Systems, has fielded simulation and training systems for the U.S. Air Force, Royal Saudi Air Force, Japanese Air Self-Defense Force, Swedish Air Force and for several other countries over its four decades of industry leadership. The Akron business will supply modular control equipment, instructor-operator station, MTC master controller and individual trainer controllers.
Teammates include The Boeing Company, Silicon Graphics Inc., MultiGen-Paradigm Inc., Science Applications International Corp., Best Group Inc., and four Lockheed Martin business units: Tactical Aircraft Systems, Systems Support and Training Services, Sanders, and Information Systems.
Boeing Aerospace Support, St. Louis, Mo., as the F-15C Contracted Training Simulation Services prime contractor, will enable commonality between the F-15 and F-16 Mission Training Centers with its Visual Integrated Display System, Big Tac tactical environment, threat stations and high-level-architecture-compliant DMT network components. Additionally, Boeing brings its experience as prime contractor on the C-5, KC-10 and C-17 DMT programs.
SGI, Mountain View, Calif., a world leader in real-time computational systems, will supply its OriginÃ and OctaneÃ families of open system architecture computers for real-time F-16 simulation models. It will also supply a high-end image generator for photo-realistic, out-the-window visual scenes that will support air-to-air and air-to-ground scenarios in a full-scene (360-degree) environment.
MultiGen-Paradigm, San Diego, Calif., a leader in data processing, will provide visual runtime software and database processing techniques to enhance out-the-window visual scenes.
SAIC, San Diego, Calif., has improved its briefing/debriefing system and military observation center to meet the special requirements of F-16 air-to-ground and air-to-air missions. These products are fully compatible with current U.S. Air Force mission planning systems.
Best Group Inc., Albuquerque, N.M., will provide currently qualified Block 40/50 F-16 pilots to ensure that user-oriented approaches are incorporated throughout the F-16 MTC program's development, system integration, test, and site deployment.
Lockheed Martin Tactical Aircraft Systems, Fort Worth, Texas, the builder of the F-16 aircraft, will provide all aircraft, avionics and aerodynamic data to ensure the highest level of trainer fidelity.. With access to advance releases of new operational flight program software, the F-16 MTC team will maintain trainer-to-aircraft concurrency over the life of the program.
Lockheed Martin Information Systems, Orlando, Fla., provides off-the-shelf simulation of the digital radar landmass, Maverick missile and LANTIRN sensor systems for F-16 pilots to hone their combat skills.
Lockheed Martin System Support and Training Services, Cherry Hill, N.J., will support F-16 MTCs with field logistics and maintenance services. Its team currently supports scores of other military systems in the U.S. and around the world.
Sanders, a Lockheed Martin company, Nashua, N.H., will supply technical support to implement the Air Force Mission Support System, which lets pilots plan simulator missions in the exact manner as they would plan real operational sorties.
Lockheed Martin Tactical Defense Systems in Akron, Ohio, the lead company on the F-16 MTC program, is a premier supplier of tactical aircraft simulation and training devices, infrared-based countermeasure systems lighter-than-air surveillance systems, and antisubmarine weapons systems. It resides in the Naval Electronics and Surveillance Systems, the largest business organization within Lockheed Martin Electronics Sector and a leader in the design, development and manufacture of advanced electronic systems for global defense, aerospace, civil and commercial markets.