The Marine Corps Recruiting Command wants to purchase and deploy 22 flight simulators to recruiting offices across the U.S. in an effort to beef up recruitment for new aviators, Marine Times reported Wednesday.
Lance Bacon writes the U.S. Marine Corps seeks five enclosed, 3-axis motion flight simulators that will mimic the cockpits of the F-35B joint strike fighter, F/A-18C Hornet, MV-22 Osprey and AH-1Z Viper.
“The flight simulators will be used at recruiting engagements in order to generate awareness and interest for our Marine Corps aviation programs, and to encourage men and women to explore the opportunity of becoming a Marine Corps officer,” Jim Edwards, a Marine Corps Recruiting Command spokesman, told the publication.
The command released the solicitation for flight simulators in early August and submissions to the request will close by the end of the month, according to the report.
Edwards said the Marine Corps will use mobile simulators at its recruiting offices as part of the Marine Corps Flight Orientation Program, the report says.
The simulators will feature a high-definition cockpit camera and recording system and replicate maneuvering parameters and weapons system functions, Bacon reports.