Sikorsky Aircraft has granted an $8.5-million contract to Kratos Defense & Security Solutions related to maintenance training systems for the CH-53K. The agreement involves a Maintenance Training Device Suite (MTDS) and a Helicopter Emulation Maintenance Trainer (HEMT) that will be based at the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station in New River, N.C. The CH-53K is USMC’s heavy lift helicopter program that is scheduled to enter service in 2019.
The MTDS will supply a “true-to-life environment” for evaluating multiple subsystems on the CH-53K, supporting maintenance training and remove-and-replace training for avionics, electrical and hydraulic systems, according to Kratos. HEMT will use a 3D virtual platform to train aircrew and maintenance personnel on topics such as fault isolation, troubleshooting, functional tests and removal/installation of 27 subsystems.