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BAE To Upgrade US Navy Helo Trainers (Feb. 3)



BAE SYSTEMS today announced Lockheed Martin Naval Electronics & Surveillance Systems-Manassas has awarded the company a contract to upgrade two U.S. Navy SH-60F Weapon Systems Trainers (WSTs).

The Training Solutions (formerly Reflectone) business unit of BAE SYSTEMS will integrate a day-night visual system and incorporate aircraft survivability equipment capabilities as well as provide the ability to reconfigure the WSTs between the SH-60F and HH-60H platforms. The unit will also incorporate the capability to train using the latest night vision goggles as well as integrate a distributed interactive simulation environment for the newly developed JointSAF (semi-automated forces).

The SH-60F/HH-60H helicopters are used by the Navy to perform a variety of missions, including undersea warfare, surface warfare, and combat search and rescue. The SH-60F/HH-60H WSTs are located at the Naval Air Station (NAS) in Jacksonville, Fla. and NAS North Island, Calif.

"Because these helicopters operate in dangerous environments where external visual cues play such a key role in the missions, it is imperative the crews receive high fidelity simulator training," said John Lenyo, vice president of marketing and business development for the Training Solutions business unit of BAE SYSTEMS. "By integrating a common visual system with day-night features into the training devices we'll be able to enhance initial and tactical training."

Some of the aircraft survivability equipment simulations that will be added include forward looking infrared (FLIR) and Hellfire missile simulation capabilities. BAE SYSTEMS will also perform modifications on the simulator cockpits, hardware, and software.

The Training Solutions business unit of BAE SYSTEMS is a leading provider of simulation and training solutions for the Sikorsky H-60 series of helicopters. The business unit has built full fidelity simulators and weapons systems trainers for a number of variants of the H-60. In addition, Training Solutions provides simulator maintenance and logistics support for the U.S. Navy's helicopter flight simulators and training devices.

The Training Solutions business unit of BAE SYSTEMS provides aviation simulation and training solutions. The organization manufactures full flight simulators for civil and military aircraft and offers a range of aviation training and support services.

BAE SYSTEMS North America, headquartered in Rockville, Md. is a leading defense, aerospace and information technology company. With annual sales in excess of $2.5 billion, BAE SYSTEMS North America employs over 18,000 people in the U.S. and Canada.

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BAE SYSTEMS Signs Contract To Upgrade U.S. Navy's SH-60F/HH-60H Helicopter Simulators