LEXINGTON, Ky., 30 Oct. 2013. Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) won a $113 million contract from U.S. Air Force officials to design, develop, field, and sustain aircrew training devices for HH-60G Pave Hawk search-and-rescue helicopters.
Lockheed Martin, headquartered in Bethesda, Md., is contracted to provide eight HH-60G training simulators, spares, and logistics support to the U.S. Air Force as part of the Pave Hawk Equivalent Distributive Repeatable Operative Simulators (PEDROS) trainer program. The simulators will help to prepare aircrews for the full spectrum of personnel recovery, including combat search-and-rescue missions in multiple environments.
The HH-60G PEDROS simulator will be embedded with aircrew squadrons to increase access to training and simulation scenarios, improve aircrew readiness, and eliminate the need to travel to training facilities. The simulator reduces aircraft maintenance costs, saves flight hours, and includes software upgrades and enhancements to increase speed and capability. It is re-locatable to support long-term deployments.
"The new HH-60G PEDROS simulators will provide affordable, on-site training options to keep aircrews certified and aircraft available for missions," says Vic Torla, business development director for training solutions at Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training.
"PEDROS brings a unique deployable training and simulation capability directly to the aviation warfighter," explains Monty Watson, director of aviation programs at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. "We are leveraging manufacturing and logistics support from our Missiles and Fire Control business, as well as design expertise from our Mission Systems and Training business, to support the PEDROS training program."