MH-53J/M Weapons System Trainers

Customer: Lockheed Martin Information Systems

User: U.S. Air Force Aircrew Training & Rehearsal Support (ATARS) Program

ASI was selected by Lockheed Martin to upgrade the U.S. Air Force (USAF) MH-53J WST and MH-53M WST as part of the ATARS program. The purpose of this upgrade was to improve the fidelity of the training system to provide required aircrew training and mission rehearsal capabilities located at Kirtland AFB, NM. The MH-53J and MH-53M WST training devices provide training and rehearsal support for the Special Operations Forces.

This contract included the design, development, installation, integration, and test of a high fidelity flight dynamics model, an engine dynamics model, and an automatic test generation system. These systems provide the trainee with the force, feel, and feedback consistent with the operation of the MH-53J/M helicopter in all flight and ground operations.

The following MH-53J/M systems were developed and/or integrated by ASI:

  • Flight Dynamics System
  • Engine System
  • Auto Test System

ASI also provided Program Management and Logistics Support services to support the successful completion of this program.

Delivery Status and Customer Satisfaction

Deliveries were on time with complete satisfaction by the customer and the users.

About the MH-53J/M Pave Low

The MH-53J/M Pave Low’s mission is low-level, long-range, undetected penetration into denied areas, day or night, in adverse weather, for infiltration, exfiltration and resupply of special operations forces.
The MH-53J/M Pave Low IV medium-lift helicopter is the largest, most powerful and technologically advanced helicopter in the Air Force inventory. The terrain-following and terrain-avoidance radar, forward-looking infrared sensor, inertial navigation system with global positioning system, along with a projected map display enable the crew to follow terrain contours. It also enables the crew to avoid obstacles in adverse weather, making low-level tactical penetration possible.

The MH-53M Pave Low IV is a J-model that has been modified with the Interactive Defensive Avionics System/Multi-Mission Advanced Tactical Terminal. This system greatly enhances present defensive capabilities of the Pave Low. It provides instant access to the total battlefield situation, using near real-time electronic Order of Battle updates. It also provides a new level of detection avoidance with near real-time threat broadcasts over-the-horizon, so crews can avoid and defeat threats, and re-plan en route if needed.