July 19, 2000 (by Lieven Dewitte) - The United Arab Emirates has chosen Lockheed Martin Naval Electronics & Surveillance Systems-Akron's F-16 block 60 Training System, a deal valued at $50 million over seven years.
's F-16 Training System, which will include Unit Level and Weapon Systems Trainers, will incorporate many features of the US Air Force
F-16 Mission Training Center, also in development by Lockheed Martin in Akron.
Weapon Systems Trainers will include a dome-type visual system and the Unit Level Trainers will each have a 150-by-40-degree out-the-window visual system. The Training System's components will interface via local and long-haul networks, and will interface with UAE's existing Mirage 2000-9 training systems.
The WST will serve as the primary training device for the combat-ready pilot to achieve front seat training goals and the ULT will be the primary training device at the squadron level. The training system will deliver real-world operational capabilities for day and night missions in all weather conditions.
Lockheed Martin will supply a mission observation center, support integration between the F-16 and UAE's Mirage 2000-9 training systems, and provide performance evaluation, mission scenario engagement, post-mission review and accounting, and a training management information system.