Lockheed Martin's simulation lab, training equipment revealed

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ORLANDO, Fla. - Channel 9 was there Monday as U.S. Rep. John Mica toured Lockheed Martin's simulation lab and training equipment.

Mica also got an update on the new contract to build a simulation-based battle training system for the U.S. Army, creating dozens of new jobs.

It's the first time in seven years that members of the media have been invited inside the facility. The purpose of the event was to announce a new $146 million high-tech computer simulated training program that's expected to create about 100 jobs locally.

But Monday was also a chance for two local congressmen, Mica and Alan Grayson, to take a close up look and try out some of Lockheed Martin's flight simulation equipment.

"What I saw here today is equipment that can save lives, save money in a tight budget situation. One particular piece of equipment I saw today, they told me it would pay for itself in a year," said Mica.

The congressmen were able to tour parts of the building that were off limits to the media because of the top secret nature.

The program is expected to spread jobs among Lockheed Martin and several of its contractors over the next five years.