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A US Air Force (USAF) F-16C Fighting Falcon, 120th Fighter Squadron (FS), 140th Fighter Wing (FW), Colorado Air National Guard
Texas Business reports: Despite the worsening relations between the U.S. and Pakistan over the death of Osama Bin Laden and ensuing revelations, an Arlington firm won a $20 million contract to provide an air training system to support the Pakistan air force, the U.S. Department of Defense announced.
L-3 Communications, Link Simulation and Training of Arlington, Texas received a $20,563,657 firm-fixed-price contract.
The instant buy for the Pakistan air force procures one aircrew training system (ATS) to support the Pakistan air force pilot training.
The Pakistan Air Force has used its F-16s in various foreign and internal military exercises, such as the "Indus Vipers" exercise in 2008 conducted jointly with Turkey.
Since May 2009, the PAF reportedly has also been using their F-16 fleet to attack militant positions and support the Pakistan Army's operations in North-West Pakistan against the Taliban insurgency.
The ATS consists of two F-16 Block 52 aircrew training devices, the mission support systems with 18 panel "simusphere," and includes a new F-16A Block 15/52 ATS; a new F-16C Block 52 ATS; 21 months contractor logistics support (12 months on-site and nine months on-call); common ATS Block 15 and Block 52 software load; high fidelity cockpit; 360 horizontal X250; version MMC 7000 hardware and software; geo-specific database with high resolution inputs; full APG-68 version nine radar with digital radar land mass simulation; full weapons simulation; Maverick missile; targeting pod; joint helmet mounted cueing system; threat environment A-G and spot jamming; emergency procedures and malfunctions; and an instructor-operator station.
Work will be performed at Arlington, Texas.
ASC/WNSK, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, handled the contract.
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