NCMS Project #: 142067
Problem: Virtual training on its own does not provide maintainers with the hands-on access to the physical Line Replaceable Unit (LRU) hardware which is vital for skill development. To bridge the gap between realistic training on tactical vehicles and virtual training, Parts Task Trainers (PTTs) are physical mockups or modified tactical components of a ground vehicle subsystem that emulate operational and functional capabilities of the subsystem to allow training on maintenance tasks in vehicle operation, fault diagnosis, troubleshooting, adjustments, component removal/replacement, and other maintenance and repair tasks for the vehicle powertrain subsystem.
Benefit: The U.S. Army will serve as the test bed for the commercial vehicle sector by providing innovative and integrated training simulation solutions. By showing how these innovative solutions can be applied to different commercial applications such as heavy equipment and other vehicle systems, improvements in the specialized technical and maintenance skill training can be achieved.
Solution/Approach: In Phase I of this initiative, the focus was on the Bradley Fighting Vehicle Maintenance Trainer (BFVMT) is currently developing and demonstrating updated Bradley Hands-On Turret Trainer (HOTT) and PTT solutions that include enhanced training features. Phase II will build upon this work and will design and develop a prototype Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) driver’s station and Power Pack to provide system maintenance training on LRUs for the AMPV.
Impact on Warfighter:
- Reduce overall maintenance downtime, repairs and costs
- Advance educational training tools and depth of learning
- Increase proficiency of operators and maintainers
- Improve warfighter readiness
- Program Manager (PM) Soldier Training
- PM Virtual Training Systems
- Program Executive Office (PEO) Ground Combat Systems (GCS)
- PM Mounted Armored Vehicles (MAV)
- PEO Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (STRI)
- CLogic Defense
- Cost savings
- Repair turn-around time
- Maintenance avoidance and reliability
- Positive environmental impact
- Maintenance management improvement
- Improved readiness
- Reliability improvement