U.S. Marine Corps contracts Arotech's FAAC subsidiary to expand USMC operator driving simulator

ANN ARBOR, Mich., 4 Dec. 2007. Arotech Corp.'s Training and Simulation Division subsidiary, FAAC, has received a contract modification from the U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command, Program Manager for Training Systems (PM TRASYS). The order calls for FAAC to expand the capabilities of USMC Operator Driving Simulators (USMC ODS) to include Cougar Category (Cat) I MRAP operations.

ANN ARBOR, Mich., 4 Dec. 2007. Arotech Corp.'s Training and Simulation Division subsidiary, FAAC, has received a contract modification from the U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command, Program Manager for Training Systems (PM TRASYS). The order calls for FAAC to expand the capabilities of USMC Operator Driving Simulators (USMC ODS) to include Cougar Category (Cat) I MRAP operations.

USMC ODS systems fielded to major active-duty installations will have the Cougar Cat I MRAP capability added to the existing systems, which currently provide simulation-based training on MK-23 and M1114 Up-Armored HMMWV operations.

FAAC's Operator Driving Simulators are being taken to the next level by the Marine Corps as they add vehicle types and increase the tactical training scenarios in an effort to best prepare Marine operators for deployment. The USMC ODS, using a generic tactical vehicle cab, interchangeable dash panels, simulated armor panels, and high-fidelity vehicle dynamics software, provides the Marine Corps with a capable, cost-effective training tool.

"With the urgency of need for MRAPs in theater, maintaining an adequate inventory of vehicles at home-station for training remains difficult. MRAP driver simulators are key, in that they provide the Marine Corps the opportunity to maintain the requisite level of MRAP driver training and still push a high volume of vehicles to the area of operations. Now, more than ever, it is imperative that our Marines understand how to and are comfortable operating this new breed of truck," says Colonel Frank Kelley, Commander PM TRASYS.

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