F-16 Fighting Falcon News

SimiGon wins contract from Belgian Air Force for Air Combat Training

December 18, 2006 (by Lieven Dewitte) - The Belgian Air Force has selected SimiGon's AirBook software, an all-inclusive flight simulation and training solution, for its desktop training program.

SimiGon, in conjunction with Visual Training Solutions Group, will deliver the PC-based training systems, incorporating F-16 Mid-Life Update 4.2 content and targeting pod training functionality, in 2007.

The contract will initially generate approximately $350,000 of revenue in 2007 with expected follow-on orders worth more than $600,000 by the end of 2008. The order further enhances visibility of SimiGon's total order backlog for 2007 and 2008 as it increases the probability that the other European Air Forces will follow the Belgian and the Dutch air forces.

AirBook is SimiGon's aviation training software product based on the company's core product, SIMbox, a highly flexible, PC-based consumer off-the-shelf product providing government and industry partners with enabling technologies for developing flexible training solutions. BAF aircrew will benefit from a multitude of AirBook features while training with the most up-to-date weapons and sensor software simulation.

AirBook training benefits include:
  • hi-fidelity, 3D simulation;
  • personalized training on demand;
  • After Action Review;
  • and interactive computer-based training courseware.
Furthermore, air force instructors and commanders will use an advanced Learning Management System to monitor and track individual and group progress, enabling them to provide better training content.

The BAF is the second European air force to adopt the SIMbox platform for F-16 training. The system is already deployed in the US, Canada, Netherlands, Australia, Israel, Turkey and several other countries.