U.S. Army Taps CSC to Upgrade Aviation Simulators

Contract is valued at $34 million
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The U.S. Army has engaged CSC, a provider of technology-enabled solutions and services, to upgrade a simulator-based flight and related aviation training device for the Army’s Aviation Center of Excellence at Ft. Rucker, Ala.
The firm fixed price contract is a modification of an existing contract—Flight School XXI—CSC won in 2003, according to the company. The modified contract has a six-month base period and 10, one-year options, reaching a value of $34 million, CSC says.
Under the terms of the agreement, CSC will upgrade the Aviation Center’s Reconfigurable Collective Training Devices to more closely simulate the Block 2 model of the OH-58D aircraft and enhance the interoperability between new and existing technologies.
“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 Weakley, CSC North American Public Sector Defense Group’s vice president and general manager. “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,” he said.
Under the Flight School XXI contract, CSC provides cost-effective simulation training in realistic combat environments that supplement the live aircraft experience. Students are trained in combat conditions in realistic environments on terrain that they will likely experience while learning to fly and fight, CSC says.
The RCTD allows units to train collectively to most closely simulate the roles and responsibilities of each individual as they relate to the overall situation and includes 18 manned-modules that are representative of, and can be reconfigured to Army aircraft, including the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior, AH-64D Apache, UH-60A/L Blackhawk and CH-47D Chinook.

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