L-3 Link Simulation & Training, based in Arlington, Texas, said Thursday the U.S. Navy accepted five P-3C Orion Tactical Operational Readiness Trainers (TORT), which enable Orion aircrews to practice acquiring information from the platform’s sensor systems and using the data and communications with other platforms to execute intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; anti-submarine warfare; and anti-surface warfare missions. The devices are based at U.S. Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville, Fla., NAS Whidbey Island, Wash.; and U.S. Marine Corps Base Hawaii Kaneohe Bay.
The company said the TORT is designed to match the aircraft’s physical arrangement, which includes tactical coordinator, navigation/communications, non-acoustic sensor and acoustic sensor crew stations. Pilot and co-pilot flight stations are also integrated as part of the P-3C TORT’s design.
“Advanced P-3C Tactical Operational Readiness Trainers are enabling Orion aircrews to achieve certified crew readiness training,” said Lenny Genna, president of L-3 Link. “The ability to conduct this training on simulation-based devices is lowering training costs to the U.S. Navy by reducing the need to conduct anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface warfare crew qualification flights on the P-3C Orion platform.”