ETC Announces Award of $35 Million U.S. Air Force Contract Major Milestone in the Evolution of Tactical Flight Simulation
Southampton, PA, September 22, 2009. Environmental Tectonics Corporation’s (OTC Bulletin Board: ETCC) (“ETC” or the “Company”) Training Services Group has been awarded a contract by the United States Air Force to provide a high performance training and research human centrifuge. The contract, valued at over $35 million, was awarded to ETC following a competitive bid process. The device, ETC’s Authentic Tactical Flight Simulator–400 (ATFS-400), will be manufactured at ETC’s main manufacturing plant in Southampton, PA.
The contract calls for delivery of the device to the 711th Human Performance Wing at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, OH, by August 2012. The ATFS-400 integrates a high fidelity aircraft cockpit that incorporates a virtual tactical environment into a high-performance, fully flyable human centrifuge. Pilots can fly the ATFS like a tactical aircraft. The ATFS-400 combines ETC’s virtual battle space, unique G-Pointing, motion-based technologies, and ETC’s “Signature Technology” to replicate the performance and feel of the aircraft and produce an authentic experience for the pilot that rivals flying the actual aircraft. The ATFS-400 produces the most authentic flight experience possible in a ground-based simulator and allows pilots to hone their tactical skills at 1/28th the cost of flying the aircraft. This will be the tenth high performance human centrifuge built by ETC, and the third ATFS-400 system in the world.
William F. Mitchell, President and Chairman of ETC, stated, “The U.S. Air Force is a long-time and valued customer and we are proud to be awarded this contract for the research and training centrifuge. We look forward to providing this advanced technology device that will improve the health, safety and readiness of thousands of military pilots for years to come.”
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