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L-3 Link awarded contract to provide F-16 ATDs to PAF

August 12, 2011 (by Rick Oyler) - L-3 Link Simulation & Training (L-3 Link) announced on 8th August that it has been awarded a contract to build and deliver two F-16C block 52 Aircrew Training Devices (ATDs) to the Pakistan Air Force (PAF).

Both simulators, scheduled for delivery in 2013, will be installed and networked at the PAF's Shahbaz Air Base.

"These F-16C block 52 Aircrew Training Devices will be built on proven and cost-effective common hardware and software designs that will enable L-3 Link to deliver a solution tailored to meet Pakistan Air Force training requirements," said Leonard Genna, president of L-3 Link. "These high-fidelity devices will enable a significant percentage of F-16 pilot training to be conducted through the use of simulation."

The PAF's F-16C Block 52 ATDs will support new pilot, pilot conversion and advanced skills training. Pilots will be able to practice takeoffs and landings, low-level flight and emergency procedures. In support of more advanced skills training, F-16 pilots will be able to acquire and identify targets while accurately delivering a wide range of ordnance during simulated air-to-air and air-to-ground missions.

Each F-16C Block 52 ATD will be integrated with L-3 Link's SimuSphere® HD 18-facet visual system display, which will provide pilots with a 360-degree field-of-view. The simulators also will feature high-definition databases and image generation systems to create highly realistic and relevant training environments. Both F-16 ATDs will incorporate L-3 Link's simulated Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System, enabling pilots to practice control of aircraft targeting systems and sensors. Day and night vision goggle training will be conducted over a geo-specific visual system database of Pakistan.

The two F-16C Block 52 ATDs will be supported by one mission support system. Each simulator will also have a dedicated instructor/operator station.

L-3 Link is the leading provider of F-16 simulators worldwide. Since the 1970s, the company has delivered approximately 140 F-16 training devices in support of the U.S. Air Force, Air National Guard and 10 foreign nations.

Courtesy of L-3 Link Simulation & Training

Additional images:

PAF F-16C block 52 #10901 is taxiing by the lens at NAS Fort Worth on December 15th, 2009 after performing a functional check flight. [Photo by Sebastiaan Does]