-- Army exercises contract options for five additional Abrams engine maintenance trainers --

The first Abrams M1A2 engine maintenance trainer recently completed phase one of factory acceptance testing and will soon be shipped to Fort Benning

The Abrams engine maintenance trainer will support diagnostic and troubleshooting maintenance training tasks.

Today at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) annual meeting and exhibition, CAE announced it will be delivering the first Abrams M1A2 engine maintenance trainer to the U.S. Army’s Armor School at Fort Benning, Georgia.

The new Abrams engine maintenance trainer recently completed the first phase of factory acceptance testing at CAE’s facility in Tampa, Florida, and will be shipped to Fort Benning in November where it will be part of the comprehensive training delivered at the Maneuver Center of Excellence. The first Abrams engine maintenance trainer will be formally ready-for-training in December.

CAE also announced the Army has exercised contract options for five additional Abrams M1A2 engine maintenance trainers to be delivered to Fort Benning.

“CAE has a long history developing Abrams virtual and hands-on maintenance trainers for the Army, and we’re excited to provide new engine maintenance trainers that deliver a more realistic and practical training experience for students before they proceed to maintaining engines on the Army’s fleet of Abrams main battle tanks,” said Ray Duquette, President and General Manager, CAE USA.  “We are also pleased our program performance and on-time delivery of the first Abrams engine maintenance trainer has resulted in the Army exercising additional contract options ahead of schedule.”

The Abrams M1A2 engine maintenance trainer includes a driver station linked with a live-engine to support diagnostic maintenance training tasks.  There are more than 80 simulated faults built into the Abrams engine maintenance trainer designed for student troubleshooting. CAE has also developed new courseware to be used in conjunction with the Abrams engine maintenance trainer and introduced a modern instructor operator station to help automate the set-up of training scenarios.

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CAE’s Defense & Security business unit focuses on helping prepare our customers to develop and maintain the highest levels of mission readiness.  We are a world-class training systems integrator offering a comprehensive portfolio of training centers, training services and simulation products across the air, land, sea and public safety market segments.  We serve our global defense and security customers through regional operations in the United States/Latin America; Canada; Europe/Africa; and Asia-Pacific/Middle East, all of which leverage the full breadth of CAE’s capabilities, technologies and solutions.

CAE is a global leader in training for the civil aviation, defense and security, and healthcare markets. Backed by a record of more than 70 years of industry firsts, we continue to help define global training standards with our innovative virtual-to-live training solutions to make flying safer, maintain defense force readiness and enhance patient safety. We have the broadest global presence in the industry, with over 10,000 employees, 160 sites and training locations in over 35 countries. Each year, we train more than 220,000 civil and defense crewmembers, including more than 135,000 pilots, and thousands of healthcare professionals worldwide. www.cae.com  

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