L3 Link to Upgrade F/A-18 Training Systems for Swiss Air Force


Service Life Extension of SHOTS


The Swiss Air Force awarded L3 Link Training & Simulation (L3 Link) a contract for the Service Life Extension of the Swiss HORNET Operational Training Systems (SHOTS). SHOTS consist of four fully networked mission simulators designed for immersive mission training, and the upgrade is scheduled for delivery in 2020.

SHOTS is built on proven, cost-effective common hardware and software designs that enable L3 Link to deliver a solution tailored to meet Swiss Air Force requirements,” Lenny Genna, President of L3 Link, explained. “These high-fidelity devices will enable a significant part of F/A-18 pilot training to be conducted using simulators, saving the Swiss Air Force both time and money, while producing a better fighter pilot.”

The SHOTS programme will upgrade the current visual system to L3 Link’s SimuSphere HD 9-facet visual system display, update the high-definition database and install the Aural Cueing upgrade kit to provide aircrews with a fully immersive training environment. In addition, the programme will upgrade the trainers with the latest Operational Flight Program (OFP) and include a complete technology refresh of the hardware and software systems to ensure the trainers are supportable through 2030.

SHOTS supports basic, conversion and advanced pilot skills training. Using state-of-the-art simulators and brief/debrief systems, pilots will practice and be evaluated on takeoffs, landings, low-level flight, emergency procedures and tactical employment of the aircraft. The SHOTS network capability also gives pilots the ability to conduct mission-level team training, as well as the ability to work in real time with other supporting assets.



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