U.S. Navy introduces transportable jet simulation trainers to the fleet

NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. Officials at the Naval Aviation Training Systems Program Office (PMA-205) selected Logistic Services International Inc. of Jacksonville, Florida, to provide eight Deployable Mission Rehearsal Trainers (DMRTs) under a procurement contract valued an estimated $8.4 million. The transportable AV-8B cockpit simulation trainers include radar operation; hand-on-throttle-and-stick operation; heads up and multi-color display; and control monitor set functionality.

The DMRTs will provide pilots with training when they are deployed to forward areas or are aboard a ship, says Brian Trago, Marine Corps Training Systems Integrated Product Team Lead. “The deployable nature of these devices will allow AV-8B pilots to take their safe, simulated training environment with them. In doing so, pilots will have the ability to continue to train the way they will fight versus training while they are fighting.”

Marine Corps Aviation Training Systems Lead Anthony Singleton says the DMRT is "comprised of a simulated out-the-window view with flat screens depicting the ’s displays, buttons, knobs, and switches which the pilots will be able to virtually utilize along with a mock seat, stick, and throttle. In addition to being a safe, no risk environment for our pilots, ground-based simulated training is a fraction of the cost of flying.”

The first deployable mission trainers are expected to be delivered to the fleet in July 2018.

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