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Under the C-130J Maintenance and Aircrew Training System (MATS) II contract, Lockheed Martin will provide weapon systems and training to teach the ground-based crew.
The specific training solutions include: a C-130J Air Mobility Command (AMC) weapon systems trainer and C-130J AMC loadmaster part task trainer at Yokota Air Base in Yokota, Japan; a KC-130J weapons systems trainer, spares, support equipment and technical data; C-130 aircrew training system operations and maintenance services; and C-130J Training System Support Center services.
“Lockheed Martin is applying more than 20 years of C-130 training experience to continue infusing new capabilities into these programs,” said Jim Weitzel, vice president of Training Solutions for Lockheed Martin. “Ensuring our training systems evolve, as aircraft platforms mature and as the threat environment changes, supports our warfighters in training and accelerates mission readiness.”
Lockheed Martin has trained more than 15,000 students. They have delivered 17 major training devices, 12 training aids, and more than 3,300 aircrew courseware lessons with their C-130J MATS program. Students from over 40 countries have trained with the system. Every year, they put 11,000 students through the school.
The system includes training for all aircrew positions, and includes refresher courses if they are needed. Training sites can be found in Air Force bases in Georgia, Texas, Alaska, and Arkansas, as well as Yokota Air Base in Japan.
The C-130J Super Hercules aircraft is operated in 16 countries, has over one million flight hours logged, can transport more than 20 tons of cargo and supplies, and can operate on makeshift runways and high mountain ranges. Lockheed Martin says it is unparalleled when it comes to flexibility, versatility, and relevance.
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