Two MH-60 Sea Hawk helicopters from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island's Search and Rescue (SAR)

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions has been awarded a contract to deliver MH-60R Naval Aircrew Training Systems (NATS) and MH-60S Aircrew Virtual Environment Trainer (AVET) devices.

Under the contract, valued at over $35m, Kratos will supply four MH-60R NATS and four MH-60S AVET devices for the US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR).

Kratos will partner with the prime contractor, BSC Partners for the contract which has five years of period of performance.

Kratos Training Solutions senior vice-president Jose Diaz said the company, as a principle provider of air crew training, will provide the AVET and NATS devices to enhance the training and survivability of aircrew members for the MH-60 platforms.

"We are pleased to continue the advancement of highly-critical aircrew training requirements with the latest deployment of these high-fidelity, immersive training devices," Diaz said.

In addition to providing a blend of virtual and physical environments for MH-60 platform aircrew training, the NATS and AVET training devices will also support the aircrew training in coordination, gunnery training, sonar, hoist, search and rescue, and vertical replenishment to include external operations.

"We are pleased to continue the advancement of highly-critical aircrew training requirements."

The multimission Sikorsky MH-60S Seahawk helicopter can perform vertical replenishment (VERTREP), combat search and rescue (CSAR), special warfare support and airborne mine countermeasures (AMCM) missions, as well as anti-surface warfare (ASUW) in armed configuration.

Powered by two General Electric T700-GE-401C turboshaft engines, the Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk helicopter has been designed to support range of missions including anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, search and rescue, naval gunfire support, surveillance, communications relay, logistics support and personnel transfer and vertical replenishment.

Earlier, the company also received a contract for development and delivery of the UH-60 Black Hawk medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) air crew training systems to the US Army.

Image: two MH-60 Seahawk helicopters fly in formation in the Pacific Northwest. Photo: courtesy of US Navy.
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