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P-3 trainer completes US Navy final fleet evaluation


P-3 Aircrew Tactical Team Trainer (PACT 3). (Photo: US Navy)

PATUXENT RIVER (BNS): The P-3 Aircrew Tactical Team Trainer (PACT 3) has completed its fleet evaluation to showcase the capabilities of its training system, which emulates a tactical aircrew station, at Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville, Florida.

The crew has completed the final four demonstrations to ensure that all performance requirements required by the US Navy are met, according to NAVAIR.

The demos Members of the Naval Aviation Training Systems programme office (PMA-205), along with representatives from the fleet, looked on as the Patrol Squadron THIRTY (VP-30) fleet project team tested the device using various anti-submarine warfare (ASW) scenarios.

“We are very excited to finally have this capability. This training simulator is at the forefront of ASW technology, incorporating advanced hardware and software concurrent with what is in the P-3 Orion. Because it can be broken down and transported to remote detachment sites, it fills a gap for forward deployed aircrews requiring ASW proficiency training opportunities,” Capt. John Feeney, PMA-205 programme manager, said.

The Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Fleet identified a need for high-fidelity, portable training devices to address proficiency levels of deployed P-3 aircrews.

In addition to ASW training, the PACT 3 will be available for Fleet Synthetic Training exercises.

The device was designed, engineered and constructed by Naval Aviation Warfare Center Training Systems Division and Alion Science & Technology.

US Navy will receive the first device of the fleet fall in 2011.

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