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Army Considers Maintenance Trainer for Strykers

Oct. 2, 2012 - 11:15AM   |  
By MICHAEL PECK   |   Comments
The Stryker comes in multiple configurations, including reconnaissance vehicle, mortar carrier, fire support vehicle and anti-tank guided missile vehicle.
The Stryker comes in multiple configurations, including reconnaissance vehicle, mortar carrier, fire support vehicle and anti-tank guided missile vehicle. (U.S. Army)
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The U.S. Army is looking at new Stryker maintenance trainers for what could be a $20 million contract.

The Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation has issued a request for information on industry sources and capabilities for designing maintenance training systems for several variants of the Stryker wheeled combat vehicle.

The current MTS consists of two 20-student classrooms equipped with PC-based diagnostic/troubleshooting trainers, as well as hands-on and part-task trainers devoted to either weapons or automotive maintenance training.

However, not all trainer types are available for all Stryker variants. For example, there are diagnostic and troubleshooting trainers for the weapons modules for the anti-tank, mortar and remote weapons systems variants, but a hands-on trainer is only available for the remote weapons vehicle.

The Army wants to expand the MTS by adding part-task and hands-on weapons maintenance trainers for the Stryker mobile gun, anti-tank, mortar and remote weapons variants, as well as an engine part-task trainer. There will also be updated 3-D graphics for diagnostic and troubleshooting trainers. Otherwise, the additions must use the existing MTS architecture, software, user interface and instructor capabilities.

Last year, the Army established a Stryker systems maintainer military occupational specialty.

A June audit by the Defense Department inspector general concluded that the Army did not implement adequate cost controls on a $1.5 billion Stryker logistics and maintenance contract with General Dynamics between 2007 and 2012, with nearly $336 million wasted.

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