TRAINING AND SIMULATION

I/ITSEC NEWS: Army to Pursue JLTV Maintenance Trainer

12/4/2019
By Connie Lee
Soldiers learn about the maintenance of joint light tactical vehicles.

Photo: Army

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Army is pursuing a new maintenance trainer for the joint light tactical vehicle, a service official said Dec. 4.

Col. Scott McLeod, project manager for soldier training in the program executive office for simulation, training and instrumentation, said the service doesn’t currently have a maintenance training system for the JLTV.

A request for solutions is slated for release in the second quarter of fiscal year 2020, and a contract award is scheduled for the third quarter of the same year, according to his presentation. Estimated funding is $4.5 million, McLeod said during a panel at the annual Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference in Orlando, Florida.

Similar to how the service has been pursuing many of its efforts, the JLTV trainer will be developed under an other transaction authority agreement. At last year’s annual meeting, McLeod said the service plans on using other transaction authority agreements for its whole fleet of family of vehicle maintenance trainers, which also encompasses systems for the Abrams battle tank and the armored multi-purpose vehicle.

According to his presentation, the service also plans to begin an upgrade for its Abrams trainer by releasing a request for proposals in the third quarter of fiscal year 2020 and releasing a contract award in the fourth quarter.

McLeod also acknowledged that funding constraints are having an impact on some of the office’s OTAs associated with its synthetic virtual training environment. Maj. Gen. Maria Gervais, the Army’s director of the STE cross-functional team, previously said at the conference that the service is working to mitigate potential timeline slips in the event of a continuing resolution.

The service has already awarded OTAs geared toward technologies that would combine the service’s synthetic training environment and the live training environment.

“Everybody has heard that some of the activities associated with STE and with other programs have been affected,” McLeod said. “This is one area that has also been affected. We weren't quite able to do as much as we would like to do. But that doesn't mean that I'm done. We’re still evaluating where we're going with the live training environment and what that roadmap looks like.”

Officials on the panel outlined structural changes within the office that have been approved. McLeod said some changes include adding a project office for maneuver, collective training systems, which will temporarily operate as a standalone office. Additional structural changes to PEO STRI will continue over the next six months, he noted.

Topics: Land Forces, Training and Simulation