July 24, 2008 (by Asif Shamim) - Lockheed Martin Corporation has delivered the Israeli Air Force (IDF/AF) F-16I Flight and System Trainer (FST) which will be used to support the training requirements for the F-16I "Soufa" fighter.
Delivery of the simulator is part of a contract originally awarded back in January 2006 that called for Lockheed Martin Simulation, Training & Support (STS
) to provide emergency procedures, aircraft systems operation, and tactical and weapon systems crew training.
Lockheed Martin provided the hardware and software to simulate F-16I aircraft systems, sensors, weapons and flight dynamics. The trainer is built from the NxSys pre-integrated suite of simulation products.
The suite includes the Instructor Operator Station (NxIOS), Flight Debrief Station for After Action Review (NxAAR), Tactical Environment Simulation (NxTES), Digital Radar Landmass Simulation (NxDRLMS) Air-to-Ground and Terrain Following (TF) radar, and NxView Sensor Image Generator Software for Low Altitude Navigation and Targeting Infrared for Night (LANTIRNTM ) forward-looking mid-wave infrared (FLIR
In addition, Lockheed Martin provided the Software Development Environment that will allow the Government of Israel
to update the FST to support future training requirements. Israel separately procured the avionics simulation, cockpit and visual systems, which Lockheed Martin have integrated before shipping the trainer for installation.
"This training simulator will enable Israeli Air Force Pilots to enhance their skills using a realistic, high-fidelity and highly customizable system that is part of a total training package," said Colleen Arthur, Director of Fighter Trainer Programs at Lockheed Martin STS.