Military Capabilities

US Army reserve components boost driver training

11 December 2017
The Doron Precision Systems 660Truckplus displayed at I/ITSEC 2017. Source: Giles Ebbutt

Two driver training systems developed for the US Army National Guard (ANG) and Army Reserve (USAR) have been showcased at the 2017 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) exhibition in Orlando.

Wegmann USA presented its Stryker Driver Trainer (SDT), which is a high fidelity simulator with an exact replica of the driver’s position and instruments. It uses Krauss Maffei Wegmann (KMW) V3 simulation software plus Wegmann terrain databases. The former includes KMW’s Instructor Management Interface, its BATSIM computer generated forces, MilCIG visual system, and Como radio and intercom simulation system.

This system forms part of the Stryker Crew Trainer (SCT) alongside the Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station (CROWS) trainer, which is also developed by Wegmann. Because the SCT is a mobile facility, the SDT is not mounted on a motion platform, but does provide force feedback on the wheel and pedals.

In March 2017 prime contractor OT Training Solutions received a contract for 72 mobile SCT for the ANG. Olen Atkins, Wegmann director of operations, told Jane’s that these were now being delivered.

Doron Precision Systems announced that it had been awarded a contract to provide truck driving simulators to the USAR, for delivery to a number of locations both within the United States and overseas. It will be used by USAR Transport Companies principally to maintain driver proficiency.

Doron’s 660Truckplus is an interactive driving simulator system for a wide variety of commercial and military trucks. It can be used to train drivers for the most commonly used vehicles by the USAR, such as the M915 tractor trailer, M970-7.5k and M9784A-5k tankers, 80 passenger bus, and the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV).

The simulator, which has an enclosed cab with an instructor’s seat, includes four 55 in high-definition LED displays with 1920x1080 screen resolution, a 240° field of view, and Dolby surround sound.

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