L-3 Communications Link Simulation and Training Awarded $51 Million Option to Build AVCATT Helicopter Training Suites
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 29, 2007--L-3 Communications (NYSE: LLL) announced today that its Link Simulation and Training (L-3 Link) division has been awarded a $51.1 million follow-on production contract to build five additional U.S. Army Aviation Combined Arms Tactical Trainer (AVCATT) suites. This award, which calls for L-3 Link to build AVCATT suites 16 through 20, increases total program value to $347.6 million.
L-3 Link has been the prime contractor and lead system integrator on AVCATT since 1999. L-3 Link-built AVCATT suites today are providing U.S. Army, Army National Guard and Army Reserve aircrews with collective training opportunities while immersed within realistic, high-intensity virtual training environments.
This new order calls for L-3 Link to deliver the first four AVCATT suites to U.S. Army Reserve Component training sites, with the fifth AVCATT trainer being delivered to a joint use active Army/Reserve Component installation. The first of these newly ordered AVCATT suites is scheduled to be delivered in December 2007, with individual follow-on installations occurring every two months.
"This new production award reaffirms our customer's commitment to AVCATT as the collective training solution for Army aviation," said Lenny Genna, Vice President of U.S. Army programs at L-3 Link Simulation and Training. "AVCATT remains unique in its ability to train aviators to successfully execute complex, combined arms missions in the contemporary operational environment."
AVCATT enables multiple suites - each consisting of six reconfigurable simulators - to be networked. Collective training exercises involve simulated attack, reconnaissance, utility and cargo helicopters, in addition to friendly and opposing intelligent semi-automated forces. AVCATT also can be networked with the U.S. Army's Close Combat Tactical Trainer system and other virtual simulators, providing an unprecedented level of training realism involving both rotary wing and mechanized forces.
Each AVCATT suite consists of two mobile 53-foot trailers that house six reconfigurable simulators, a battle master control room and an after-action review theater. The simulators can be reconfigured to represent any combination of AH-64D, AH-64A, OH-58D, UH-60A/L and CH-47D platforms.
AVCATT's battle master control station, home to the battle master, training unit observer controller, semi-automated force controller and role players, provides the capability to monitor and record each unit's mission performance. Four role player stations in the battle master control room enable individuals to serve as artillery, joint air support, ground, engineer or logistics force commanders.
When a mission is completed, the recorded data and video is presented in the after-action review theater. During this mission debrief, aircrews review their performance and determine which skills or tactics need to be further honed. The after-action review theater can also be used to view training in progress.
L-3 Link is a systems integration organization that delivers and supports training systems and equipment to enhance operational proficiency. L-3 Link's services include conducting front-end analysis, program design, simulator design and production and field support. L-3 Link has major operations in Arlington, TX, and other key bases of operation in Binghamton, NY; Orlando, FL; Broken Arrow, OK and Phoenix, AZ.
Headquartered in New York City, L-3 Communications is a leading provider of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) systems, secure communications systems, aircraft modernization, training and government services. The company is a leading merchant supplier of a broad array of high technology products, including guidance and navigation, sensors, scanners, fuzes, data links, propulsion systems, simulators, avionics, electro optics, satellite communications, electrical power equipment, encryption, signal intelligence, antennas and microwave components. L-3 also supports a variety of Homeland Security initiatives with products and services. Its customers include the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, selected U.S. Government intelligence agencies and aerospace prime contractors.
To learn more about L-3 Communications, please visit the company's web site at www.L-3com.com.
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