Posted by John McHale
ARLINGTON, Texas, 8 Jan. 2011. The U.S. Navy unconditionally accepted five P-3C Orion Tactical Operational Readiness Trainers (TORTs) from L-3 Link Simulation & Training (L-3 Link). These training devices enable Orion aircrews to practice acquiring information from the platform's sensor systems and using the data and communications with other platforms to execute intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; anti-submarine warfare; and anti-surface warfare missions.
"Advanced P-3C Tactical Operational Readiness Trainers are enabling Orion aircrews to achieve certified crew readiness training," says Lenny Genna, president of L-3 Link. "The ability to conduct this training on simulation-based devices is lowering training costs to the U.S. Navy by reducing the need to conduct anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface warfare crew qualification flights on the P-3C Orion platform."
The P-3C TORT is designed to match the aircraft's physical arrangement, which includes tactical coordinator, navigation/communications, non-acoustic sensor, and acoustic sensor crew stations. Pilot and co-pilot flight stations are also integrated as part of the P-3C TORT's design.
L-3 Link has completed upgrades to the P-3C TORTs that include providing a higher fidelity environment for the pilot and co-pilot stations and enabling the devices to participate in fleet synthetic training exercises over a long-haul network. In addition, L-3 Link has added simulation of an Improved Extended Echo Ranging system that is designed to support large-area deep and shallow water search capabilities.
P-3C TORTs are training Orion aircrews based at U.S. Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville, Fla., NAS Whidbey Island, Wash.; and U.S. Marine Corps Base Hawaii Kaneohe Bay.