Lockheed Martin Naval Electronics & Surveillance Systems, in Akron, Ohio, has purchased SGI Onyx 3000 series high-performance graphics supercomputers for use in the next five F-16 pilot training systems it will supply to the U.S. Air Force. The pilot training systems, part of the U.S. Air Force F-16 Mission Training Center (MTC) program, perform the same multi-role functions that F-16 fighter aircraft perform in combat missions.

This multimillion-dollar deal will double the number of Air Force F-16 Mission Training Center (MTC) simulators from five to 10. The U.S. Air Force currently trains F-16 pilots in MTCs at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., and Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. Each F-16 pilot training system within an MTC simulates typical F-16 tactical formations and operations and can be linked through U.S. Air Force Air Combat Command's distributed mission training system with other participants in simulators such as Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft.

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