Kratos Defense & Security Solutions has been awarded a contract to provide five marine common aircrew trainers (MCATs) to the US Marine Corps (USMC).

Under the $54m contract, Kratos will provide engineering, manufacturing, development and initial support of the MCATs.

The contract has been awarded under the US Navy Training Systems Contract III, LOT I, Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD).

"Advancing Aircrew Training solutions will continue to be one of our primary focuses."

Kratos Training Solutions senior vice-president Jose Diaz said: “The MCAT will leverage Kratos’ years of experience developing aircrew training systems and the most comprehensive technology solution sets we have developed through our research and development efforts.

“Advancing Aircrew Training solutions will continue to be one of our primary focuses to provide our customers with the latest technology that maximises their training proficiency and return on investment.”

To be used as part of the USMC’s Aviation Training System (ATS), the MCAT has been designed to provide a single training device that can be reconfigured to train USMC CH-53E (Super Stallion), MV-22B (Osprey) and UH-1Y (Venom) enlisted aircrews.

The MCAT will help US marines to train aircrew skills to support mission readiness, including aerial gunnery, external lift operations, combat scenarios, standard and emergency flight procedures, hoist operations and crew coordination in simulated day or night all-weather conditions.

Kratos Technology & Training Solutions president Phil Carrai said: “Training is one of the fastest growing areas in our defence business, and that growth is coming in our specialty areas of aircrew and maintenance training, as well as other mission-critical applications across the Department of Defence (DoD).”