Lockheed Martin Australia and Team 21 have confirmed delivery of the simulators and aircraft to the ADF to support the professional development of Army, Navy and Air Force pilots.
Lockheed Martin Australia has confirmed that the AIR 5428 Pilot Training system, developed alongside Team 21 partners Pilatus and Jet Aviation as well as the Royal Australian Air Force, has been successfully delivered to the ADF to support the continued development of military aviators.
The pilot training system comprises a PC-21 aircraft, flight simulators, cockpit trainers and mission plaining and support capabilities. So far, Lockheed Martin Australia can confirm that the pilot training program has graduated 35 Air Force, 11 Navy and 27 Army pilots.
“Lockheed Martin Australia proudly welcomes the Commonwealth’s acceptance of the AIR 5428 Pilot Training System,” Lockheed Martin Australia and New Zealand chief executive Warren McDonald said.
“This is a significant program milestone for Lockheed Martin Australia, our industry partners and the Commonwealth, as it signifies that this innovative system has been successfully delivered and offers enduring training capability to meet the ADF’s requirements.
“We look forward to advancing and sustaining the AIR 5428 pilot training system with excellence and in conjunction with our Team 21 partners and the RAAF.”
Throughout the acquisition of the pilot simulation system, Lockheed Martin Australia has confirmed that the product had undergone rigorous test and evaluation procedures to ensure readiness.
The tests include over 10,000 aircraft flying events, 3,500 flight simulations, 97 per cent mission success when compared with the contract’s key performance metrics as well as 100 per cent success during ground school contracted performance measures.
Lockheed Martin Australia vice president of rotary and mission systems operations Steve Froelich welcomed the program result.
“Lockheed Martin Australia was immensely proud of the program outcome,” Froelich said.
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“This outcome is a testament of Lockheed Martin Australia’s sustained focus, strong collaboration with our Team 21 partners, and a mission-first mindset to deliver an innovative and tailored system to meet the future needs of ADF pilots.”
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