AIR5428 Pilot Training System fully delivered

Lockheed Martin Australia has fully delivered the AIR5428 Pilot Training System, combining simulators and aircraft, to prepare Navy, Army and Air Force pilots for the complex demands of today’s missions today.

FILE PICTURE: Two Pilatus PC-21 pilot trainer aircraft during a flight over the Gippsland area. Photo provided by Lockheed Martin.

Lockheed Martin Australia, together with our industry partners Team 21 Pilatus and Jet Aviation, and the Royal Australian Air Force, has developed a training system that encompasses PC-21 aircraft, flight simulators, cockpit trainers, as well as mission planning and maintenance support.

To date, the pilot training system has graduated 35 RAAF pilots, 27 army pilots and 11 navy pilots.

“Lockheed Martin Australia proudly welcomes the Commonwealth’s acceptance of the AIR5428 Pilot Training System,” said Warren McDonald, Managing Director of Lockheed Martin Australia and New Zealand.

“This is an important program milestone for Lockheed Martin, our industry partners and the Commonwealth, as it means this innovative system has been successfully delivered and provides sustainable training capability to meet ADF requirements. .

“We look forward to advancing and maintaining the AIR5428 pilot training system with excellence and in collaboration with our Team 21 partners and the RAAF.”

To complete the acquisition phase of the AIR5428, Lockheed Martin Australia and its project partners undertook an intensive six-month evaluation including:

  • perform over 3,500 flight simulator events and 10,000 aircraft flight events;
  • achieve a mission success scorecard greater than 97% for all events against contract program performance metrics; and,
  • achieve 100% success for contractual ground performance measurements.

Lockheed Martin Australia Vice President of Rotary Operations and Mission Systems Steve Froelich said the company is extremely proud of the outcome of the program.

“It’s a testament to Lockheed Martin Australia’s continued focus, strong collaboration with our Team 21 partners, and mission-driven mindset to deliver an innovative, bespoke system to meet the future needs of ADF pilots. “

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