Integrated programme enhances soldiers’ training capabilities

28th November 2019
Lanna Cooper


Engineering & Computer Simulations (ECS) will showcase its integrated training programme, Project Manager Cargo (PM Cargo), which improves the Army Aviation capabilities for the CH-47F Chinook at the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) in Orlando on 2nd-5th December.

ECS has been designing training to familiarise Soldiers on the modernised cockpit and upgrades to several flight systems for over a year under a contract for the US Army Programme Executive Office - Aviation (PEO Aviation). Jeffrey Huber, Vice President of Operations, Huntsville, leads this project with the ECS Huntsville (AL) team, which specialises in aviation and aerospace programmes.

PM Cargo upgrades include modernising the CH-47F Chinook trainers with significant structural, software and systems updates. Because changes will require additional user training, ECS is providing training analysis and developing customised programmes to ensure pilots understand the differences between the Multi Year II Configured Chinook, which features enhanced engines and improved avionics, and the Chinook Block II CH-47F upgrade, which provides greater lift capacity and strengthened features.

Huber explained: “With more than 90 years of combined team experience and service in Army Aviation, we are proud to continue to enhance to our Warfighters’ capabilities. Our dedicated team of project managers, subject matter experts, and instructional designers support PEO Aviation with customised training solutions and innovative technology to help prepare our Army’s Aviation teams for the challenges they face on a day-to-day basis.”

Waymon Armstrong, ECS CEO and President, added: “ECS has a long history of supporting military aviation contracts, and we’re pleased to deliver these types of innovative training. Our demonstration at I/ITSEC will highlight how the Army is modernising its capabilities for aircraft that have a long-standing history of success in the field, while simultaneously ensuring that the aircraft and Warfighters continue to perform at maximum efficiency.”

I/ITSEC is a large training, simulation and education conference, that focuses on the latest in technology and training advancements and is held annually in Orlando.

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