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Boeing shows Brazil Super Hornet's networked simulation

Boeing is using Elbit Systems capabilities in developing fighter cockpit systems to strengthen its presence in the Brazilian market.

The cooperation recently resulted in a networked simulator demonstration involving a device for the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet installed at Boeing's St Louis site in Missouri and another located in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

The Super Hornet simulator was connected to a cockpit and systems development laboratory operated by Elbit's Brazilian subsidiary AEL Sistemas. The facility was built as part of an avionics upgrade programme for the Brazilian air force's Northrop F-5s performed by the Israeli company.

During the demonstration, pilots were able to fly a Super Hornet and F-5 together in a virtual Brazilian airspace, with both participants also having fired weapons at simulated threats.

Boeing earlier this year selected Elbit to provide a large area display and low-profile head-up display for the Super Hornet and its developmental F-15SE Silent Eagle. The US company is offering the former type as a contender in Brazil's F-X2 fighter competition, with rivals including the Dassault Rafale and Saab Gripen E/F. A decision in the contest has recently been delayed until mid-2013, according to local media reports.

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