L-3 MAPPS has signed an agreement with Switzerland’s Axpo AG to update the Beznau full scope simulator with its latest suite of Orchid simulation products. The project will kick off immediately and the upgraded simulator is expected be completed in the fall of 2010.

“We have achieved excellent results with the simulator and appreciate L-3 MAPPS’ level of engagement,” said Roger Lufi, simulator supervisor at Axpo’s Beznau Nuclear Power Plant. “We are pleased to advance the Beznau simulator with L-3’s latest simulation technology.”

In addition to refreshing the computer hardware and performing a Windows Server 2008 update, L-3’s previous generation simulation software development and maintenance tools will be upgraded with Orchid Simulator Executive, Orchid Configuration Manager, Orchid Network Loader, Orchid Graphic Editor, Orchid Modeling Environment and Orchid Instructor Station.

The Beznau simulator, put into service by L-3 MAPPS on 30 March 2007, services two Westinghouse pressurized water reactor (PWR) units at the Beznau site in northeastern Switzerland. The near-identical Beznau 1 and 2 units, each with a rated net output of 380MWe, have been supplying reliable, safe and clean baseload power to nine cantons since 1969 and 1971, respectively. Unit 1 is the longest running PWR that operates in the world today.

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