Australian subsidiary of Kratos Defence & Security Solutions, Kratos Defence Australia has announced a $4.8 million contract with the Australian Department of Defence to deliver hardware, software and technical data package upgrades to its Kratos Maintenance Blended Reconfigurable Aviation Trainers (MBRATs) and CH-47F Chinook Avionics Trainer (CAT).
The CH-47F CAT is a high fidelity hands on training system (HOTS) that provides full-task training through simulation of all avionics sub-systems and aircraft survivability equipment in an integrated configuration within a fully immersive physical environment.
The CH-47F MBRAT blends a virtual immersive environment and spatial physical awareness with established CH-47F Chinook simulation software.
The enhanced MBRAT training capabilities enable the end user to increase student training throughput by enabling new training tasks to be performed on the upgraded MBRAT trainers and the CH-47F CAT simultaneously.
Jose Diaz, senior vice president of Kratos Training Solutions, said, "As the global demand for training continues to increase, Kratos is expanding its training footprint to support the demanding and complex training requirements of the US and its allies worldwide by applying advanced technologies like those incorporated in the MBRAT and CAT."
The CAT and MBRATs have enabled the Australian Department of Defence to establish a local CH-47F Chinook maintenance training centre of excellence for the Australian military.
Previously, maintenance training had been conducted in the US, but with Kratos MBRATs and CAT, the Australian Defence Force is now self-sufficient in this regard.
Kratos develops advanced, affordable training solutions for US and allied forces that enhance learning retention and increase warfighter readiness.
Kratos Defense & Security Solutions develops and fields transformative, affordable technology, platforms and systems for US national security related customers, allies and commercial enterprises.
The company specialises in unmanned systems, satellite communications, cyber security/warfare, microwave electronics, missile defence, hypersonic systems, training, combat systems and next-generation turbo jet and turbo fan engine development.