F-16 training capabilities have expanded with the delivery of the first Deployable Mission Trainer (DMT) from Lockheed Martin to the Middle East. This new system is the latest delivery in the comprehensive suite of fully networked, high-fidelity full mission simulators and combat tactics trainers delivering advanced, realistic training.
The DMT provides on demand training in a self-contained environment, enabling the pilots to deploy considerable training capabilities, including the ability to be networked for team training exercises.
“The sustained partnership between Lockheed Martin and international customers continues to shape technological advances in the training industry,” said Gen. John ‘Mick’ Nicholson (U.S. Army Ret.), Lockheed Martin’s Middle East chief executive. “This DMT will help enhance pilot proficiency, improve mission readiness, and create scope for further interoperability amongst the many nations that operate the F-16 in the Middle East region.”
The new trainer can be set up in a small footprint providing its own power, lightning, environmental control and training capabilities. The DMT is designed for transport by Lockheed Martin’s C-130 and can seamlessly connect to the network supporting Air Combat Training Centers at home base or while deployed.
The DMT was developed with sustainment in mind, with special consideration taken to reduce system complexity for transportability. The device shares a common architecture, including the cockpit and operating system, with the F-16 Full Mission Simulator for training concurrency.
With about 3,000 aircraft operating today in 25 countries, the F-16 has proved resilient and effective, and today remains the best value among 4th generation aircraft for its capabilities and affordable lifecycle costs. Lockheed Martin has delivered F-16 training solutions and services to 15 allied nations since 2001.