The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has finished the evaluation testing of Kratos Defense & Security Solutions’ CH-47F Chinook Avionics Trainer (CAT).
In June 2016, the company received a $9.4m contract from Boeing Defence Australia for helicopter avionics training systems in support of the US ally.
The contract included the delivery of two Kratos-developed maintenance blended reconfigurable aviation trainers (MBRATs), spares packages and lifecycle support services.
Boeing’s broader training support programme for the Australian military includes the delivery of MBRAT, a CAT and a Chinook helicopter maintenance training aid.
In December 2016, Australia’s first MBRATs were delivered to Boeing for the CH-47F helicopter.
Kratos CAT and MBRATs training systems form a local CH-47F Chinook maintenance training capability at The Army Aviation Training Centre in Oakey, Queensland, US.
Kratos Training Solutions senior vice-president Jose Diaz said: “Kratos has been a leading provider of Chinook training systems to the US Department of Defense for many years and the expansion of those systems to allied forces, such as Australia, reflects our continued international growth.
“Australia’s future army Chinook maintenance technicians will now learn their trade using a suite of cutting-edge training devices that combine the Chinook airframe with simulated avionics systems for a virtually immersive training experience.”
According to Kratos, the CH-47F CAT and MBRAT are developed to provide ‘high fidelity hands-on, full-task and virtual training’ to personnel.
The CAT simulates the entire avionics systems and aircraft survivability equipment in a fully immersive physical environment.
The reconfigurable MBRAT system provides avionics maintenance procedures and tasks such as removal and installation for rotorcraft platforms that include Chinook and Black Hawk.