Today, Congressman Jim Bridenstine announced that the Air Force has chosen Flight Safety International to provide the Aircrew Training System for the next generation KC-46 aircraft. The contract is for $78 million and is scheduled to begin this year and run through 2026. Flight Safety will design and manufacture KC-46 simulators at its Broken Arrow facility in the First District. The Broken Arrow facility is the largest of its type in the United States.
Congressman Bridenstine said the following:
"Flight Safety is the industry leader in designing, manufacturing, and servicing the highest quality flight simulator on the market. The Air Force made the best decision by choosing Flight Safety to build its KC-46 simulators. The Broken Arrow facility will benefit substantially from this contract and is scheduled to build the KC-46 Weapon System, Boom Operator, and Part Task Trainer. The KC-46 is critical to our national security and will serve as America's aerial refueling and strategic transport vehicle."
During his Naval aviation career, Congressman Bridenstine trained in Flight Safety simulators for the E2-C Hawkeye and F/A-18C Hornet aircraft.
Congressman Bridenstine continued:
"As a Navy pilot, I have experienced the value of simulators firsthand. Simulator technology has improved tremendously since I first started flying. Instead of live training, the increased use of realistic simulators saves our military millions of dollars annually. As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, I will continue to advocate for incorporating simulator technology in training programs across the Department of Defense."