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Kratos enhances Chinook training systems
Kratos Defense and Security Solutions is upgrading four of its CH-47F Chinook Avionics Trainers (CATs) and two CH-47F Maintenance Blended Reconfigurable Aviation Trainers (MBRATs).
The work will be performed at Fort Rustis under an $8.9 million subcontract from USfalcon.
Kratos will upgrade the various avionics systems and aircraft survivability equipment on these training systems, to ensure concurrency of the simulators to the latest CH-47F configuration.
The CH-47F CAT provides full-task training through simulation of all avionics in an integrated configuration within a high-fidelity physical environment.
Shephard Defence Insight notes the CAT is in use in Australia as well as the US. It replicates the interior and exterior environments of the CH-47F with a simulation of all replaceable modular components.
MBRAT provides student training through simulation of the CH-47F cockpit on multiple touchscreen monitors. It blends a high-fidelity virtual environment, physical attributes and spatial physical awareness with established CH-47F simulation software.
Jose Diaz, SVP of Kratos Training Solutions, said: ‘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 equipment at Fort Rustis is used by the 128th Aviation Brigade of the US Army.
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