Boe­ing Deliv­ers Apache Heli­copter Train­ing to Kuwait

ST. LOUIS, Oct. 01, 2008 — Boe­ing [NYSE: BA] today announced the recent deliv­ery of the Kuwait Air Force’s first Apache Long­bow Crew Train­er (LCT). The LCT is a full-mis­sion, high-fideli­ty flight sim­u­la­tor that pro­vides train­ing for indi­vid­u­als, crews and main­te­nance test pilots.

The Kuwait LCT, pro­vid­ed through a U.S. Army For­eign Mil­i­tary Sale, is the first train­er deliv­ered equipped with two of Boeing’s new­ly devel­oped tech­nolo­gies — the Next Gen­er­a­tion Flight Mod­el (NGFM) and the Com­mon Sim­u­la­tion Frame­work (CSF). These inno­v­a­tive tech­nolo­gies ensure that the devices remain up-to-date and are eas­i­ly main­tained, and increase the trainer’s capa­bil­i­ty.

“By imple­ment­ing these new tech­nolo­gies, we have raised the fideli­ty of the LCT to a high­ly sophis­ti­cat­ed lev­el, pro­vid­ing the most real­is­tic train­ing pos­si­ble for Apache Long­bow crews,” said Mark McGraw, vice pres­i­dent, Train­ing Sys­tems & Ser­vices.

The NGFM soft­ware, which ensures that the train­er oper­ates and feels like a real Apache heli­copter, was devel­oped and cor­re­lat­ed to actu­al air­craft flight-test data. This improve­ment increas­es the fideli­ty of the train­er. The CSF com­bines tools for soft­ware devel­op­ment, test­ing and sys­tems inte­gra­tion with reusable soft­ware pack­ages, enabling train­er soft­ware to be devel­oped more quick­ly and be more eas­i­ly main­tained.

The NGFM and CSF will be a stan­dard con­fig­u­ra­tion on future LCT deliv­er­ies and will be pro­vid­ed through an upgrade pack­age to the U.S. Army’s 22 exist­ing devices. Deployed world­wide and used for in-the­ater train­ing in Afghanistan and Iraq, the LCT sup­ports bat­tal­ions by allow­ing pilots ample oppor­tu­ni­ties to main­tain their train­ing hours and to rehearse mis­sions.

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