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Lockheed Martin training Saudi Arabian pilots to fly fighter jets

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ORLANDO, Fla., March 11 (UPI) — Pilot and maintenance training systems for F-15SA aircraft are to be provided to the Saudi air force by Lockheed Martin, the U.S. firm announced.

The contract — under a Foreign Military Sales arrangement — is worth $253 million and is part of Saudi Arabia’s modernization program for the aircraft.

Lockheed said its 360-degree full mission trainers will enable pilots to complete air-to-air combat, air-to-surface missions, air combat maneuvers and tactical intercepts training. The systems will feature a single dome over the dual-seat cockpit and desktop trainers for procedure training will also part of the package.

Virtual maintenance training systems will include systems will cover areas such as basic maintenance, landing gear and arresting hook, armament and flight controls.

“The complement of F-15SA training systems starts with desktop trainers and progressively increases in capability to full mission weapons systems trainers,” said Jim Weitzel, vice president of training solutions for Lockheed Martin’s Mission Systems and Training business. “This creates a cost-effective program since the appropriate level of technology is applied to meet the training objectives.”

The trainers are to be delivered to Saudi Arabia by 2020.

Copyright 2013 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

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