The United States Army has awarded CSC (NYSE: CSC) a firm fixed price (FFP) contract modification to upgrade a simulator-based flight and related aviation training device for the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence at Ft. Rucker, Ala. Awarded in the second quarter of CSC’s 2013 fiscal year, the contract modification has a six-month base period and ten one-year options, for a total value of $34 million. The contract modifications were awarded under the Flight School XXI indefinite-delivery requirements contract, which CSC won in 2003.
Under the terms of the agreement, CSC will upgrade the Reconfigurable Collective Training Devices (RCTD) to more closely simulate the Block 2 model of the OH-58D aircraft and enhance the interoperability between new and existing technologies.
“Since the Reconfigurable Collective Training Devices reached full operational capability in 2007, the simulation technology has advanced and increased the fidelity of training,” said Alan B. Weakley, vice president and general manager of CSC’s North American Public Sector Defense Group. “These upgrades will allow the U.S. Army to conduct collective training missions, such as aviation exercises using the Block 2 configuration of the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior aircraft.”
Under the Flight School XXI contract, CSC provides cost-effective simulation training in realistic combat environments that supplement the live aircraft experience. Students experience combat conditions in realistic environments on terrain that they will see in the future while learning to fly and fight.
The RCTD allows units to train collectively to most closely simulate the roles and responsibilities of each individual as they relate to the overall situation and includes 18 manned-modules that are representative of and can be reconfigured to U.S. Army aircraft, including the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior, AH-64D Apache, UH-60A/L Blackhawk and CH-47D Chinook.
Date: Nov 13, 2012