Lockheed Martin Australia Wins Final Acceptance of Contract to Acquire AIR5428 Pilot Training System

Lockheed Martin Australia has 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. Lockheed Martin Australia, together with Team 21 industry partners Pilatus and Jet Aviation, and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), has developed a training system that encompasses PC-21 aircraft, flight simulators, trainers cockpit, as well as mission planning and maintenance. Support. To date, the pilot training system has graduated 35 pilots from the air force, 11 from the navy and 27 from the army.

Two of the Air Force’s new Pilatus PC-21 aircraft, A54-003 and A54-004 during a flight in the Gippsland area. (PHOTO: Lockheed Martin)

“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 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.

To complete the acquisition phase of the AIR5428, Lockheed Martin Australia, together with its partners, undertook an intensive six-month evaluation. This involved:

  • completion of more than 3,500 flight simulators 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% pass for ground school contractual performance metrics.
One of the Air Force’s new Pilatus PC-21 aircraft, A54-004 during a flight in the Gippsland area. (PHOTO: Lockheed Martin)

Lockheed Martin Australia Vice President of Rotary Operations and Mission Systems Steve Froelich 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.

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