The US Army has awarded a contract to CAE USA for the delivery of a suite of engine trainers for Abrams M1A2 battle tank.
The contract has been awarded by the US Army’s Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI).
CAE USA president and general manager Ray Duquette said: “We are pleased to be selected following a competitive procurement to develop a new suite of Abrams tank maintenance trainers for the US Army.
“We have previously delivered virtual and hands-on maintenance trainers for the Abrams tank to the army, and these new engine trainers will provide a more realistic and practical training experience for students before they proceed to maintaining engines on the army’s fleet of Abrams main battle tanks.”
Under the deal, the company will be responsible for developing two new M1A2 Abrams tank driver stations with live-engine maintenance trainers. They will be used to support diagnostic and troubleshooting maintenance training tasks.
The two initial maintenance-training devices are due to be delivered to the US Army base Fort Benning in Georgia next year.
The contract also includes options to build and supply nine additional Abrams live-engine maintenance trainers that will be located at Fort Benning, Fort Lee in Virginia and Gowen Field in Idaho.
As part of the project, CAE USA will design and develop a new courseware along with an updated instructor operator station.
This will support the automation of training scenario set-up, enhance student monitoring and scoring, and streamline lesson planning.