April 27, 2015 (by Geneva Greene) - Lockheed Martin continues to advance C-130 aircrew and maintenance training under recent contract awards from the U.S. Air Force valued at more than $80 million.
Contracts include the delivery of the following training solutions:
- A C-130J Air Mobility Command (AMC) weapon systems trainer and C-130J AMC loadmaster part task trainer at Yokota Air Base in Yokota, Japan;
- A KC-130J weapons systems trainer, spares, support equipment and technical data;
- C-130 aircrew training system operations and maintenance services;
- and C-130J Training System Support Center services.
“Lockheed Martin is applying more than 20 years of C-130 training experience to continue infusing new capabilities into these programs,” said Jim Weitzel, vice president of Training Solutions for Lockheed Martin. “Ensuring our training systems evolve, as aircraft platforms mature and as the threat environment changes, supports our warfighters in training and accelerates mission readiness.”
Under the C-130J Maintenance and Aircrew Training System (MATS) II contract, Lockheed Martin is delivering a number of aircrew and maintainer devices to support ground-based training, including high fidelity weapons systems trainers, part-task trainers and training aids. The company trained more than 15,000 students and delivered 17 major training devices, 12 training aids and more than 3300 aircrew courseware lessons under the legacy C-130J MATS program.
Lockheed Martin’s legacy of C-130 training also includes the C-130 Aircrew Training System (ATS) program, where the company trains nearly 8,000 domestic and international airmen each year. This year, Lockheed Martin will continue to upgrade C-130 ATS training devices to maintain concurrency with aircraft platforms and deliver enhanced systems and models for increased reliability and supportability.