The Army Aviation Centre Oakey is being established as a CH-47F Chinook maintenance training centre, following the delivery of Australia’s first Maintenance Blended Reconfigurable Aviation Trainers (MBRATs) for the helicopter.
The two trainers were delivered by Boeing Defence Australia under the Army Aviation Training and Training Support contract through subcontractor Kratos Defense & Security Solutions.
The new systems will provide Australian Army maintenance personnel with what Boeing describes as a virtually immersive, full-task training experience that combines computer-based learning with replicated physical controls.
“BDA has worked in close partnership with the Australian Army to tailor a training package that brings Chinook maintenance training in-country, supporting maximum operational readiness and reducing costs,” said Murray Brabrook, Boeing Defence Australia general manager, Integrated Services and Support.
“We can readily configure the MBRATs training system to suit the ADF helicopter fleet – whether that be Chinook or a future platform – ensuring longevity and adaptability of the trainers.”
The MBRATs form part of a larger training support program to further strengthen Boeing Defence Australia’s capability, while ensuring that Army maintains a qualified crew of technicians to support operations, which includes the delivery of a Chinook Avionic Trainer and a Chinook Helicopter Maintenance Training Aid in 2018.