State-of-the-Art Flight Training Devices and Fuselage Load Trainer will Prepare Afghan Pilots for Greater Security Role
READING, PA. – June 2, 2011 – Fidelity Technologies Corporation was awarded a contract to provide simulation training technology to assist the U.S. Army as it prepares to transition security responsibilities to the Afghan National Army Air Corps (ANAAC) in Afghanistan. The U.S. Army PEO STRI (Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation), based in Orlando, FL, awarded Fidelity the $16.7 million contract, with options that could bring the contract value up to $31 million, to provide simulators and logistics support.
Within an 18 month period, Fidelity will deliver four simulators: MI-17 Flight Training Device (FTD), G-222 Flight Training Device (FTD), G-222 Basic Aviation Training Device (BATD) and G-222 Fuselage Load Trainer (FLT). The simulators will help train Afghan warfighters in support of the Combined Security Transition Command, a multinational military formation designed to train and develop security forces, including the Afghan National Army Air Corps headquartered in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Fidelity’s high-tech simulation training equipment provides a fully-immersive simulated environment to prepare pilots-in-training on a virtual battlefield. In addition to supplying the simulators, the contract calls for Fidelity to provide support for installation and maintenance of the equipment.
“The fact that the U.S. Army is able to begin handing over certain security duties to the Afghan Army is a sign of success in Afghanistan,” said Fidelity President David Gulati. “We are honored to provide support for the U.S. Army as it continues to prepare its counterparts in Afghanistan to assume greater responsibilities.”
Delivery of the simulators will span the 18-month contract. The G-222 BATD is to be delivered to Kabul within six months, followed by the MI-17 FTD and G-222 FTD to be delivered within 12 months and the G-222 FLT to be delivered within 18 months. The contract also calls for Fidelity to provide spare equipment, documentation and simulator training. Following delivery of the simulators, Fidelity staff will spend the next 12 months in Kabul to dispense logistics support.