L-3 Link Simulation & Training (L-3 Link) announced in november 2013 that it has successfully upgraded a fielded F-16C Block 52 Aircrew Training Device (ATD) and achieved a ready-for-training milestone on a second F-16C Block 52 ATD for the Royal Moroccan Air Force (RMAF). Both devices are installed at the RMAF’s Ben Guerir Air Base.
Since the RMAF’s initial F-16C Block 52 ATD began training pilots in 2011, the simulator has been used for more than 6,000 hours to hone pilots’ air-to-air and air-to-ground combat skills.
“Achieving these milestones is a testament to the collective commitment between the U.S. Air Force, Royal Moroccan Air Force and L-3 Link Simulation & Training to develop highly advanced flight simulators that cost-effectively maintain pilot mission readiness,” said Dan Kelly, L-3 Link’s vice president for Air Force programs. “This state-of-the-art simulation system enables pilots to perform a full spectrum of combat training while operating as a tactical team.”
Each F-16C Block 52 ATD is integrated with L-3 Link’s nine-panel, 360-degree field-of-view SimuSphere® visual display and SimuView® personal computer image generation system that produces correlated out-the-window and cockpit sensor display imagery.
During simulation exercises, pilots are able to acquire and identify targets, deliver a wide range of ordnance, practice takeoffs and landings, conduct aerial in-flight refueling, undertake low-level flight maneuvers and practice emergency procedures.
L-3 Link Simulation & Training (L-3 Link) reached ready-for-training status in February 2012 and is currently supporting pilot instruction.