Kratos has been awarded a contract by the Australian Department of Defence (DoD), valued at A$4.8million (€3 million) to deliver hardware, software and technical data package upgrades to its Maintenance Blended Reconfigurable Aviation Trainers (MBRATs) and CH-47F CHINOOK Avionics Trainer (CAT).

The CH-47F CAT is a high-fidelity Hands-On Training System (HOTS) that provides full-task training through simulation of all avionics sub-systems and aircraft survivability equipment in an integrated configuration within a fully immersive physical environment. The CH-47F MBRAT blends a virtual immersive environment and spatial physical awareness with established CH-47F CHINOOK simulation software.

The enhanced MBRAT training capabilities enable the end-user to increase student training throughput by enabling new training tasks to be performed on the upgraded MBRAT trainers and the CH-47F CAT simultaneously.

The CAT and MBRATs have enabled DoD to establish a local CH-47F CHINOOK maintenance training centre of excellence for the Australian military. Previously, maintenance training had been conducted in the United States, but with the Kratos MBRATs and CAT the Australian Defence Force (ADF) is now self-sufficient in this regard.

“As the global demand for training continues to increase, Kratos is expanding its training footprint to support the demanding and complex training requirements of the US and its allies worldwide by applying advanced technologies like those incorporated in the MBRAT and CAT,” observed Jose Diaz, Senior Vice President of Kratos Training Solutions.

Kratos will provide upgrades and continued support to ADF CHINOOK maintenance training facilities. (Photo: Kratos)

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