Maintenance Trainer Rotor Aircraft To Be Previewed At Training Conference


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Maintenance Trainer Rotor Aircraft To Be Previewed At Training Conference

By Daniel Baxter

November 23, 2010 - Kratos will provide a sneak preview of its latest maintenance training device (MBRAT) for rotor aircrafts, at I/ITSEC, the world's largest modeling, simulation and training conference.

MBRAT stands for Maintenance Blended Reconfigurable Avionics Trainer and is scheduled for general availability in the first quarter of 2011.

The MBRAT is a new concept in part-task trainers for mastering aircraft Maintenance Operational Checks (MOCs). Students sit within the MBRAT device frame which realistically reflects a rotor craft's instrument panel, consoles and overheads.

However, unlike traditional training devices that can cost millions of dollars per unit, the MBRAT uses an economical blend of computer touch screens alongside physical controls.


The combination provides the best of both worlds: an immersive physical, visual and tactile environment that is far more realistic than computer-based training (CBT), yet can be delivered at a fraction of the cost and manufacturing time of traditional simulation devices.

Because the MBRAT combines touch screens within a physical platform emulator, trainers can shift from course to course -- for example from electrical to aviation training curriculums -- simply by loading different software in the device. To change from one platform to another, say a Black Hawk to a Chinook helicopter, only minor hardware changes are required to accurately reflect the cockpit differences. 

The MBRAT is the first in Kratos' new family of blended part-task trainers that have been in development at DEI Services Corporation. DEI, a leading developer of simulation and training devices to the US military and its allies, was recently acquired by Kratos.  

Kratos delivers Total Training Solutions to its customers in defense, federal government and commercial markets ranging from instructional design and development of web-based and mobile courseware to simulations, gaming and other performance-based education and training solutions.  


Kratos and DEI have developed more than 140 full and part task training devices used across the US Department of Defense. These systems have provided both operational and maintenance training across a broad spectrum of platforms, including rotor and fixed-wing aircraft as well trainer hardware for ground combat systems such as the entire family of Bradley Fighting Vehicles and other systems for the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.


To see and experience the prototype MBRAT and learn more about Kratos simulators and other training solutions, please visit Kratos in booth #2071 at the I/ITSEC conference in Orlando, Florida, November 29-December 2. Also being shown at I/ITSEC will be the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) trainer developed for the US Army's Ordnance Munitions and Electronics Maintenance School at Redstone Arsenal which will be on display in the PEO STRI booth #101. 

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. provides mission critical products, solutions and services for United States National Defense and Homeland Security. Principal areas of expertise include training and simulations, C4ISR, unmanned system solutions, weapon systems upgrade and sustainment, weapon range operations, network engineering services, cybersecurity and information assurance, and security and surveillance systems. The Company is headquartered in San Diego, California, with resources located throughout the U.S. and at key strategic military locations.


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