Defense contractor lands $22M F-16 training contract

The millionth F-16 Fighting Falcon flying training hour at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., was reached March 13, 2013. F-16s first touched down at Luke AFB on Dec. 6, 1982.

Defense contractor Crew Training International Inc. said it has landed a $22 million U.S. Air Force contract for weapons systems support on the F-16 jet fighter.

Work will include academic instruction, aircrew training devices, courseware development and training support at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona and Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico. CTI employs 160 people, including 25 in Memphis, Tenn.

The full Air Force award on the training contract totals $49 million, and partners CTI with Sonoran Technology and Professional Services LLC of Goodyear, Arizona.

A statement released by CTI says both firms will “provide Air Education and Training Command’s F-16 training community a solid grounding of interwoven experience, war fighting expertise in front-line weapon systems, high-caliber instructional quality, and technical specialization to meet the rigorous requirements of the F-16” support contract.

The contract opens June 1 and includes four one-year options through April 2019.

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