The US Army's Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI) has awarded a contract to Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) to provide additional integrated helicopter crew member simulators.
Under the $41m follow-on single-award task order, SAIC will integrate, test, deliver and maintain 11 mobile variants equipped with helicopter crew member simulator modules for CH-47 and UH-60 helicopters.
Commenting on the technology, SAIC senior vice president and business unit general manager John Gully said the simulators would enable non-rated crew members to train on critical, coordinated tasks such as gunnery, sling load and hoist operations with pilots.
"This task order allows us to deliver the second generation of crew-member training capability and enables us to help PEO STRI ensure that America's warfighters receive the best training possible," Gully added.
As part of the non-rated crew member manned module (NCM3) programme, the task order has a 37-month period of performance and was awarded under the second STRI omnibus contract (STOC II).
Intended to provide a collective training system to meet aviation crew member training requirements, PEO STRI's NCM3 is a transportable, multi-station, virtual simulation device that can be integrated with the army's aviation combined arms tactical trainer (AVCATT) simulators.
Work under the contract will be primarily carried out in Orlando, Florida.
The US Army already has made two units operational at Fort Campbell, Kentucky and Fort Drum, New York.