Kratos Defense & Security Solutions has been awarded a subcontract to upgrade CH-47F Chinook maintenance training systems.

The contract is valued at $8.9m and was awarded by professional services company USfalcon.

It will see the company deliver enhancements to four Kratos CH-47F Chinook Avionics Trainers (CATs) and two Kratos CH-47F Maintenance Blended Reconfigurable Aviation Trainers (MBRATs).

The company will upgrade multiple avionics systems and aircraft survivability equipment of the training systems ‘to ensure concurrency of the simulators to the latest CH-47F configuration’.

Work under the contract will be executed under USfalcon’s One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services (OASIS) Pool 6 contract.

CH-47F CAT is a High-Fidelity Hands-On-Training System (HOTS) to provide full-task training in an integrated configuration.

It is designed to imitate the interior and exterior environments of the aircraft and simulates replaceable modular components, as well as test and measuring and diagnostic equipment.

Kratos Training Solutions senior vice-president Jose Diaz said: “The maintenance of the CH-47F is critical to Army readiness. The MBRAT provides student training through simulation of the CH-47F cockpit on multiple touch screen monitors.

“It blends a high-fidelity virtual environment, physical attributes and spatial physical awareness with established CH-47F simulation software. These upgrades will ensure the concurrency of the CH-47F MBRATs and CATs avionics, flight control and survivability systems with those of the CH-47F.”

The training systems that will undergo upgrades are located at the US Army’s 128th Aviation Brigade in Fort Eustis, Virginia.