ARLINGTON, Texas, 19 April 2011. L-3 Communications won a five-year contract under the U.S. Army’s STOC II contract for the U.S. Army’s Aviation Combined Arms Tactical Trainer (AVCATT) Post Deployment Software Support (PDSS) program. L-3 Link Simulation & Training (L-3 Link) engineers will perform the work, which includes PDSS program management, overseeing all aspects of trainer hardware and software changes, operating the AVCATT’s Software Engineering Environment lab, and integrating Synthetic Environment CORE (SE CORE) products and SE CORE common visual components.
L-3 Link has delivered 23 AVCATT suites, providing the U.S. Army with a mobile and reconfigurable training system with which aircrews operating the AH-64D, AH-64A, UH-60A/L, CH-47D and OH-58D can practice realistic, high-intensity collective and combined arms missions.
“AVCATT suites enhance an aircrew’s aircraft-specific and team tactical skills within complex and large-scale simulated training exercises,” describes Leonard Genna, president of L-3 Link. “Upgrade and concurrency efforts made under the Post Deployment Software Support program will continue to improve the AVCATT’s ability to provide realistic training that can be scaled to meet specific objectives.”
Two mobile 53-foot trailers house AVCATT’s suite of six reconfigurable simulators, a battle master control room, and an after-action review theater. Multiple AVCATT suites can be networked to support collective training exercises involving simulated attack, reconnaissance, utility, and cargo helicopters, in addition to friendly and opposing intelligent semi-automated forces. AVCATT can also be networked with the U.S. Army’s Close Combat Tactical Trainer system and other virtual simulators to support a high level of training realism involving both rotary-wing and mechanized forces.