TRU Simulation has been awarded the Multi-Engine Training System (METS) Ground Based Training System (GBTS) contract by Naval Air Warfare Center – Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD). The contract base award is for three Unit Training Device (UTD) simulators in a King Air 260 standard configuration, one Operational Flight Trainer (OFT) simulator in the METS T-54A configuration, one Simulator Support Station (SSS) in the METS T-54A configuration and 21 Desktop Trainers for avionics training.

TRU Simulation + Training Inc., an affiliate of Textron Aviation Inc., is a Textron Inc. company that designs, manufactures and delivers high-fidelity training devices and full-motion simulators for civil and defense customers.

“METS GBTS will modernize multi-engine aircraft training, providing an intermediate and advanced training platform for U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Coast Guard aviators,” said Jerry Messaris, vice president and general manager, TRU Simulation.

The contract was awarded through a full and open competition. In addition to the contract base award, it includes options to upgrade the three UTDs METS T-54A configuration and provide an additional four OFTs. TRU will also provide Contractor Logistics Services (CLS) to support the fielded devices in Corpus Christi, Texas.

METS T-54A UTDs and OFTs will allow students to train in normal and abnormal conditions as well as practice normal and formation flight. The Desktop Trainer will allow students to train on and become proficient in the use of the Collins Aerospace Pro Line Fusion flight deck before introduction into the UTDs, OFTs and METS aircraft. The company believes the OFT and UTD Final cockpits will completely replicate the METS T-54A configuration to provide students with an easy transition from simulator training into the aircraft.

The GBTS acquired under the METS GBTS contract will replace the Chief of Naval Air Training (CNATRA) fleet of T-44C Pegasus simulators. Deliveries will begin 10 months after contract award and will continue through 2026.

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