Lockheed Martin Australia delivers AIR5428 pilot training system
Lockheed Martin Australia has announcement that it delivered the AIR5428 pilot training system to the Australian Defense Force (ADF).
The company developed the pilot training system in conjunction with Team 21 industry partners Pilatus and Jet Aviation, and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).
The system includes PC-21 aircraft, flight simulators, cockpit trainers, as well as mission planning and maintenance support. It will facilitate the training of future Air Force, Navy and Army pilots for complex missions.
The pilot training system has currently graduated a total of 35 Air Force, 11 Navy and 27 Army pilots.
Lockheed Martin Australia and New Zealand CEO Warren McDonald said, “Lockheed Martin Australia proudly welcomes the Commonwealth’s acceptance of the AIR5428 pilot training system.
“This is an important program milestone for Lockheed Martin Australia, our industry partners and the Commonwealth, as it means this innovative system has been successfully delivered and provides sustainable training capability to meet the requirements of the ADF.
“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.”
The company and its partners conducted a six-month evaluation to complete the acquisition phase of the AIR5428.
This included the completion of over 3,500 flight simulators and 10,000 aircraft flight events.
According to Lockheed Martin Australia, the system achieved a mission success scorecard exceeding 97% for all events.
Steve Froelich, Vice President of Rotary Operations and Mission Systems, Lockheed Martin Australia, said, “Lockheed Martin Australia was extremely proud of the outcome of the program.
“This result is 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. “