Posted on August 27, 2008 in General News,
AAI Corporation, an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today that its family of Training Aids, Devices, Simulators, and Simulations (TADSS) has been selected to support training for Army National Guard units operating the RQ-7B Shadow Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems (TUAS).
Awarded by the U.S. Army’s Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training, and Instrumentation in Orlando, Fla., the initial order, valued at $11.9 million, includes 25 high fidelity Shadow Crew Trainers (SCT) and interactive multimedia instruction. Including four option years, the contract has a total potential value of $31.1 million.
AAI produces and supports a complete family of advanced tactical unmanned aircraft systems, including Shadow systems flown by the U.S. Army, National Guard, and Marine Corps.
Each Shadow Crew Trainer features two simulated One System Ground Control Stations, a role player, and a ground crew launch and recovery station controlled by an integrated instructor/operator station.
The Shadow TADSS suite provides training capabilities for Shadow Warfighters regardless of the availability of airspace or equipment and delivers collective training for entire Shadow crews, including aircraft and payload operators, launch and recovery crews, mission commanders, and the brigade battle staff that rely on Shadow systems for critical battlefield intelligence.
“Our Shadow TADSS training suites will help National Guard Warfighters increase readiness by enabling them to train without dedicated airspace and operational equipment at armories and Regional Flight Training Centers,” said AAI Vice President of Training Bob Peters. “The capability to sustain readiness is critical to the Army National Guard’s mission, whether in support of the global war on terror, border security, or response to natural disasters here at home.”
“The award represents an investment of more than three years of research and development combined with more than 300,000 hours of Shadow TUAS flight operations performed by U.S. Army and Marine Corps units in Iraq and Afghanistan,” Peters added.