L-3 Link’s SimuSphere HD-9™ Achieves Ready-for-Training Status

L-3 Link Simulation & Training

L-3 Link Simulation & Training (L-3 Link) have announced that the first two U.S. Navy F/A-18C Tactical Operational Flight Trainers (TOFTs) integrated with the company's advanced SimuSphere HD-9™ high-definition visual display solution have achieved ready-for-training status. The two trainers are installed at Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana, Va.

F/A-18C TOFTs Integrated with SimuSphere HD-9

The U.S. Navy became L-3 Link's initial customer for SimuSphere HD-9 during the fourth quarter of 2011 when it purchased four upgrade kits to integrate with currently fielded F/A-18C Tactical Operational Flight Trainers (TOFTs) at NAS Oceana. During the first quarter of 2012, L-3 Link announced additional sales of its SimuSphere HD-9 visual solution, including orders for the system to be used on a Royal Malaysian Air Force F/A-18D TOFT and two F-16C Block 52 Aircrew Training Devices for the Pakistan Air Force.

"SimuSphere HD-9 provides fast jet simulators with fully immersive training capabilities supported by L-3 Link's HD World® simulation product line," said Frank Casano, L-3 Link's acting vice president for Navy programs. "By combining four advanced technologies - high-definition databases, image generation systems, physics-based processing and a visual system display - SimuSphere HD-9 offers a low-cost, fully integrated solution that delivers highly realistic and relevant fighter training environments."

The F/A-18C Tactical Operational Flight Trainers (TOFTs) integrated with SimuSphere HD-9 will support a full range of tactical training capabilities, including enabling aircrews to identify targets with unprecedented realism. Aircrews are also able to use their actual flight night vision goggles and experience real-world performance over an immersive 360-degree field-of-regard.

SimuSphere HD-9 has the same physical footprint and image generator interface as currently fielded SimuSphere systems. This commonality enables SimuSphere HD-9 upgrades to be achieved at low cost and low risk with minimal simulator downtime.

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