SAIC wins US Army helicopter simulator contract
Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) will provide the US Army with 11 additional integrated crew member simulators for CH-47 and UH-60 helicopters under a contract awarded by the US Army's Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI). The contract, with a value of approximately $41 million, was announced on 12 November.
The contract calls for SAIC to integrate, test, and deliver the 11 integrated crew member simulators as part of the Non-rated Crew Member Manned Module (NCM3) programme.
PEO STRI's NCM3 programme provides a collective training system to meet aviation crew member training requirements. The NCM3 is a transportable, multi-station, virtual simulation device designed to support individual, crew and collective training. The NCM3 simulators integrate with the US Army's Aviation Combined Arms Tactical Trainer (AVCATT) simulators. SAIC will integrate, test, deliver and maintain 11 mobile variants equipped with helicopter crew member simulator modules to support gunnery and crew coordination training. According to the company, two units are already operational at Fort Campbell, and Fort Drum.
John Gully, SAIC senior vice president and business unit general manager, said of the award: ‘We're excited by the opportunity to continue providing this proven technology to the US Army, which enables non-rated crew members to train on critical, coordinated tasks like 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.’
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