United Arab Emirates Select F-16 Desert Falcon Training System Offered by Lockheed Martin Naval Electronics & Surveillance Systems-Akron
AKRON, OH, 18-JUL-00 -- Lockheed Martin Naval Electronics & Surveillance Systems-Akron has received a notice of award from the United Arab Emirates for the production and delivery of an F-16 Block 60 Training System valued at $50 million over seven years. UAE's F-16 Training System, which will include Unit Level and Weapon Systems Trainers, will incorporate many features of the U.S. Air Force F-16 Mission Training Center, also in development by Lockheed Martin in Akron. Weapon Systems Trainers will include a dome-type visual system and the Unit Level Trainers will each have a 150-by-40-degree out-the-window visual system. The Training System's components will interface via local and long-haul networks, and will interface with UAE's existing Mirage 2000-9 training systems.
The WST will serve as the primary training device for the combat-ready pilot to achieve front seat training goals and the ULT shall be the primary training device at the squadron level. The training system will deliver real-world operational capabilities for day and night missions in all weather conditions.
Lockheed Martin NE&SS-Akron will supply a mission observation center, support integration between the F-16 and UAE's Mirage 2000-9 training systems, and provide performance evaluation, mission scenario engagement, post-mission review and accounting, and a training management information system. Lockheed Martin Information Systems, Orlando, Fla., Lockheed Martin Systems Support & Training Services, Cherry Hill, N.J., and French visual system supplier SOGITEC Industries SA will join Lockheed Martin NE&SS-Akron on the seven-year program under subcontract to Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, Fort Worth, Texas.
Jerry Keehner, executive director-simulation and training, said this contract validates the 21st Century approach Lockheed Martin has introduced to the training community through its winning approaches on the U.S. Air Force's F-16 Mission Training Center and the Israeli Air Force's F-15I/AUP Flight and System Trainer. The F-16 Mission Training Center represents the next-generation training system that immerses the warfighter in a virtual, real-world mission environment, Keehner said.
A demonstration of the Brief/Debrief Station (B/DS) and its unique mission-recording feature was a key element in the win. This timeline feature allows pilots and instructors to choose points in a recorded mission that they want to evaluate and which specific lessons they want to emphasize. It allows the specific lessons to be reinforced while the mission is still fresh in everyone's mind, Keehner said. This feature enhances the overall effectiveness of the training system. SAIC, a teammate on Lockheed Martin's USAF F-16 Mission Training Center, is a co-developer of B/DS.
Lockheed Martin Naval Electronics & Surveillance Systems-Akron, Ohio, is a supplier of tactical aircraft simulation and training devices, guidance and imaging sensor systems, lighter-than-air surveillance systems, and antisubmarine weapons systems.