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Army contracts for Apache helicopter program support
by Richard Tomkins
Mclean, Va. (UPI) Jun 19, 2013

CAE USA announces MH-60R flight simulator deliveries
Tampa, Fla. (UPI) Jun 19, 2013 - Three new tactical operational flight trainers from CAE USA for MH-60R helicopters have entered service at U.S. military air stations in Florida and Hawaii, the company announced.

All three MH-60R TOFTs are fixed-based simulators for the training of pilots, co-pilots and sensor operators for performing a full range of missions performed by the anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare aircraft.

"We are pleased to continue our relationship with the U.S. Navy on the MH-60 Seahawk program," said Ray Duquette, president and general manager of CAE USA. "The Navy is increasingly leveraging synthetic training to cost-effectively train and prepare aircrews for mission success, and CAE is honored to play a role in delivering the high-fidelity simulators required to meet their training requirements."

CAE USA is a subsidiary of Canada's CAE, a major developer and manufacturer of simulation training products.

The new simulators are at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Naval Station Mayport, and Marine Corps Base Hawaii, formerly Marine Corps Air Station, Kaneohe Bay.

CAE USA also said it recently delivered an MH-60R/S tactical operational flight trainer to a U.S. Navy facility in Japan. The simulator can be configured for both the R and S variants of the aircraft and is now undergoing installation and testing.

Program management company MCR Federal LLC reports that it has received a U.S. Army task in order to provide support for the service's Apache helicopter program.

The task order comes under the U.S. Army's Aviation and Missile Life Cycle Management Command, or AMCOM, Express contract is worth as much as $14 million.

Work under the award, which involves engineering, data management, testing review, and other support to the Apache Helicopter program in Huntsville, Ala., has a base period of performance and five one-year options.

"This is a great win for MCR and, in particular, for our Army Aviation & Missile Programs Division in Huntsville," said MCR President Vince Kiernan. "It validates our aviation engineering expertise within AMRDEC and AMCOM as a whole, and further expands our platform portfolio across Program Executive Office Aviation."

AMRDEC is the acronym for the Army Aviation and Missile, Development and Engineering Center in Huntsville, which is part of AMCOM.

MCR said that under the task order its support will specifically involve the tracking and database management of Category I and II Quality Deficiency report exhibits and dispositions; engineering reviews of Apache airworthiness documents; review of qualification test plans and reports for Apache AH-64D and AH-64E projects; review of sustainment document; and review of Apache system safety issues.


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