AVT Simulation in Orlando, Florida, recently completed its Apache AH-64E Version 4.0 Government Acceptance Testing (GAT) event. Stakeholders from PEO STRI, Fort Rucker Directorate of Simulation (DoS), PM Apache, and platform-specific Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) convened for one week to execute test procedures and validate if the implemented features met the delivery order requirements.

The Increment Two upgrades include the addition of a Link 16 network, which added J-Voice and a Link 16 Tactical Data Link, into the Aviation Combined Arms Tactical Trainer (AVCATT) simulation. Additionally, the Modernized Target Acquisition and Designation Sight (M-TADS) was upgraded with a new Image Auto Tracker, Geostabilization, and Color DTV. The Aircraft Survivability Equipment (ASE) updates provide geolocated threat locations and ASE messaging. The updated Fire Control Radar (FCR) includes the latest features such as Single Target Tracking, Non-Target Designations, and increased FOV. The implemented upgrades bring the AVCATT into concurrency with aircraft currently on the flight line. Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) and Manned-unmanned teaming (MUM-T) were implemented and accepted on a previous software baseline.

“As this Delivery Order comes to a successful close, I’d like to extend our sincere gratitude to the talented group of DoS SMEs for their time and invaluable contributions during numerous testing events, and to the PEO STRI team, who worked alongside us supporting every step of the way. The importance of these upgrades cannot be understated. Once fielded throughout AVCATT, they will help bridge the inherent training gap created as Army training transitions to STE,” said AVCATT program manager Roger Torres.