Boeing Delivers Super Hornet Trainers to Royal Australian Air Force

Boeing [NYSE: BA] today announced it has completed delivery of six F/A-18E/F
Super Hornet aircrew and maintenance trainers to the Royal Australian Air Force
at RAAF Base Amberley, Queensland.

“These are the first Super Hornet training devices for a Foreign Military
Sale customer and are part of the acquisition and establishment of 24 Australian
F/A-18F Block II aircraft, initial spares, support equipment, trainers and
training,” said Mark McGraw, Training Systems & Services vice president for

The suite of aircrew devices includes two Tactical Operation Flight Trainers
(TOFT) and two Low Cost Trainers (LCT).

Each TOFT is built on Boeing’s and L-3 Link’s proven F/A-18 simulator common
hardware and software baseline, and is integrated with L-3 Link’s 360-degree
SimuSphere visual display, SimuView image generator, and Boeing Training Systems
& Services’ mission computer emulation; simulated radar, electronic
countermeasures, and Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System; and high-fidelity crew
station controls. This provides both pilots and weapons sensor officers with a
completely immersive training environment and a full spectrum of advanced
tactical training.

The Boeing-built LCT runs a mission computer emulation and provides pilot and
air combat officer training for navigation, weapons, radar, and electronic
countermeasures. The LCT can be reconfigured to accommodate a number of aircrew
training combinations with minimal facility requirements.

Two Integrated Visual Environment Maintenance Trainers (IVEMT) also were
installed, including the conversion of an earlier VEMT to the IVEMT

“The IVEMT is a new development and the first fully integrated Super Hornet
maintenance device,” McGraw said. “It allows maintenance personnel to virtually
train across all major Super Hornet systems and subsystems.”

The IVEMT’s features include an interactive 3-D model environment,
test/support equipment and realistic aircraft responses. Students can perform
more than 500 routine troubleshooting procedures using the device.

Boeing is on schedule to complete delivery of the RAAF Super Hornets by the
end of this year.

Boeing press release