Kratos Defense & Security Solutions has been awarded a contract to supply maintenance-blended reconfigurable aviation trainer (MBRAT) virtual immersive environment (VIE) CH-47F Chinook avionics training systems to the US Army.
Under the terms of the $1.4m contract, the company will supply two training systems, along with lifecycle support services, over the next four years.
Work will be performed under a purchase order issued by USfalcon under the Aviation Applied Technology Directorate's (AATD) scientific, professional and other technical services (SPOTS V) contract.
The MBRAT VIE is a reconfigurable system designed to provide avionics maintenance procedures, fault isolation and remove and install training for multiple rotorcraft platforms, including the CH-47F Chinook and the UH-60M Black Hawk.
Kratos Training Solutions senior vice-president Jose Diaz said: "The MBRAT VIE uses a cost-effective blend of computer-based training and replicated physical controls.
"As a result, it provides the best of both worlds; an immersive physical, visual and tactile experience that also yields enhanced flexibility, and a superior training environment at a far lower cost than traditional part and full-task trainers."
The MBRAT VIE is a reconfigurable system designed to provide avionics maintenance procedures and fault isolation, and remove and install training for multiple rotorcraft platforms, including the CH-47F Chinook and the UH-60M Black Hawk.
The virtually immersive, full-task trainer has been developed to increase training options while reducing costs, and combines spatial physical awareness with virtual environments and the appropriate aircraft system configuration.
Designed to be installed at a training institution to support school instruction or delivered in a mobile configuration to facilitate deployment to the soldier, the trainer can operate as a standalone unit or as multiple units connected and controlled by a single instructor station.
Manufactured by Boeing, the CH-47F Chinook is an upgraded version of the D model and is used for military, humanitarian, disaster relief and search and rescue operations, as well as fire-fighting missions.
Image: A US Army CH-47F Chinook helicopter during a training flight. Photo: courtesy of staff sgt Nathan Hoskins.