New Pilot Training System Delivered to Australian Defence Force

Lockheed Martin Australia and partners have developed a training system that encompasses PC-21 aircraft, flight simulators, cockpit trainers, mission planning and maintenance support By DA Reporter / 18 Feb 2022
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Lockheed Martin Australia has delivered the AIR5428 Pilot Training System, which combines simulators and aircraft to train and prepare Navy, Army, and Air Force pilots for complex mission requirements.

Lockheed Martin Australia, in collaboration with its Team 21 industry partners Pilatus and Jet Aviation, and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) have developed a training system that encompasses PC-21 aircraft, flight simulators and cockpit trainers as well as mission planning and maintenance support.

To date, the Pilot Training System has graduated 35 Air Force, 11 Navy and 27 Army pilots.

“Lockheed Martin Australia proudly welcomes the Commonwealth’s acceptance of the AIR5428 Pilot Training System,” said Warren McDonald, Lockheed Martin Australia and New Zealand Chief Executive. “This is a significant program milestone for Lockheed Martin Australia, our industry partners and the Commonwealth, as it signifies that this innovative system has been successfully delivered and offers enduring training capability to meet the Australian Defence Force’s requirements. We look forward to advancing and sustaining the AIR5428 pilot training system with excellence and in conjunction with our Team 21 partners and the RAAF.”

To complete the AIR5428 acquisition phase, Lockheed Martin Australia and partners undertook an intensive six-month assessment which involved:

  • Performing over 3,500 flight simulator and 10,000 aircraft flying events
  • Achieving a greater than 97% mission success scorecard for all events against the contract’s program performance metrics
  • Achieving 100% success for ground school contracted performance measures

“Lockheed Martin Australia was immensely proud of the program outcome,” said Lockheed Martin Australia Vice President of Rotary and Mission Systems Operations, Steve Froelich. “This outcome is a testament of Lockheed Martin Australia’s sustained focus, strong collaboration with our Team 21 partners, and a mission-first mindset to deliver an innovative and tailored system to meet the future needs of Australian Defence Force pilots.”

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