F-16 Fighting Falcon News

RMAF's F-16 ATD achieves training milestone

February 14, 2012 (by Rick Oyler) - L-3 Link Simulation & Training (L-3 Link) announced that an F-16C block 52 Aircrew Training Device (ATD) built for the Royal Moroccan Air Force (RMAF) has reached ready-for-training status on schedule and is currently supporting pilot instruction.

RMAF F-16C block 52 #08-8003 is touching down on the runway at NAS Fort Worth in February of 2011. [Photo by Scott Fischer]

The F-16C block 52 ATD is installed at an RMAF air base. The simulator is the first of two RMAF F-16C Block 52 ATDs built by L-3 Link under this program. The second trainer is scheduled to achieve its ready-for-training milestone during the second quarter of 2013.

"Royal Moroccan Air Force pilots are now training on the most advanced F-16 Aircrew Training Device ever fielded to an international military," said Dan Kelly, vice president of Air Force programs at L-3 Link. "The F-16 Aircrew Training System will enable Royal Moroccan Air Force F-16 pilots to hone their air-to-air and air-to-ground combat skills within highly realistic operational environments while operating as a team."

During simulation exercises, pilots will be able to acquire and identify targets, deliver a wide range of ordnance, practice takeoffs and landings, conduct aerial in-flight refueling, and undertake emergency procedures.

Each F-16C Block 52 ATD is integrated with L-3 Link's nine-panel, 360-degree field-of-view SimuSphere® visual display and the SimuView® image generation system, which provides correlated imagery between out-the-window and cockpit sensor displays.

Courtesy of L-3 Communications Link Simulation & Training