CSC upgrading Army simulators

Nov. 13, 2012 at 9:21 AM
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FALLS CHURCH, Va., Nov. 13 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army tasked CSC with upgrading a simulator-based flight and related training device at its Aviation Center of Excellence at Fort Rucker, Ala.

The work with has a six-month period of performance and 10 one-year options, comes as a modification to a 2003 the Flight School XXI indefinite-delivery requirements contract and is worth $34 million if all options are exercised.

Specifically, CSC under the modification will upgrade the Reconfigurable Collective Training Devices at the center to more closely simulate the Block 2 model of the OH-58D Kiowa helicopter and improve interoperability between new and existing technologies.

The RCTD allows units to train collectively. It closely simulates the roles and responsibilities of each individual and includes 18 manned-modules which can be reconfigured to a variety of U.S. Army aircraft, including the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior, AH-64D Apache, UH-60A/L Blackhawk and CH-47D Chinook.

"Since the Reconfigurable Collective Training Devices reached full operational capability in 2007, the simulation technology has advanced and increased the fidelity of training," said Alan B. Weakley, vice president and general manager of CSC's North American Public Sector Defense Group.

"These upgrades will allow the U.S. Army to conduct collective training missions, such as aviation exercises using the Block 2 configuration of the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior aircraft."

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