June 23, 1999 (by Lieven Dewitte) - Lockheed Martin has won a seven-year contract, valued at $176 million, to build F-16 Mission Training Centers (MTCs) for use by the USAF ACC, 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. Lockheed Martin Tactical Aircraft Systems, Fort Worth, Texas, 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.