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USAF awards Lockheed Martin $68m contract to provide C-130J Weapons Systems Trainers

February 22, 2006 (by Lockheed Martin) - Under the contract, the Air Force will receive two trainers and the U.S. Marine Corps will receive one trainer.

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The Weapons Systems Trainers will provide training for Air Force aircrews who fly the C-130J — the latest version of the medium-lift transport aircraft in service with the U.S. Air Force for nearly four decades.

The KC-130J is used by the U.S. Marine Corps for aerial refueling and troop transport. The C-130J and KC-130J incorporate state-of-the-art technology to reduce manpower requirements, lower operating and support costs and provide life-cycle cost savings over earlier C-130 models.

"The Weapons Systems Trainer is part of a total training program that graduates mission-qualified C-130 aircrews," said Lorraine Martin, vice president of Lockheed Martin Simulation, Training & Support Flight Solutions. "Aircrews are immersed in a variety of scenarios that allow them to hone their skills. They can prepare for a variety of missions without actually flying the aircraft. This reduces costs, and delivers a safe, effective training solution to our customers."

Design and manufacture of the Weapons Systems Trainers is part of Lockheed Martin's C-130J Maintenance and Aircrew Training System (JMATS) program. The program provides a comprehensive range of training devices and training support services including aircrew instruction, operations, contractor logistics support and engineering services. Design and manufacture of the trainers has been subcontracted to CAE.

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