Army accepts delivery of 51 MAST trainers from Textron Systems
HUNT VALLEY, Md., 2 August 2012. AAI Test & Training, an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has delivered 51 man-portable aircraft survivability trainer (MAST) systems to the U.S. Army's Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO-STRI). These low-rate initial production (LRIP) units were delivered under the simulation, training and instrumentation omnibus contract II.
The MAST system is interoperable with the AN/AAR-47 Missile Warning System and AN/AAR-57 Common Missile Warning System. It creates a threat declaration in the aircraft cockpit and simulates a surface-to-air missile engagement sequence, including seeker lock and break lock, all based on environmental and situational conditions. MAST is also capable of interfacing with a Weapon Effects Simulation System to emulate the visual launch signature of a MANPADS and signify the location where the MAST was fired. Interoperable with aircraft instrumentation systems such as the Multiple Integrated Laser System, the MAST system enables force-on-force and force-on-target training at Maneuver Combat Training Centers and aviation unit home stations. Visual or infrared recordings of the live training exercises enable after-action review and debriefing for a comprehensive training experience.