Monday, May 07, 2007

Soldiers now learning to drive Strykers on simulator

Above: The Common Driver Trainer is a system for training soldiers across a spectrum of vehicles, including tanks, Strykers and vehicles for the Future Combat Systems program. Soldiers at Fort Lewis, Wash., are already using the new Common Driver Trainer/Stryker Variant. Nine more simulators are scheduled for delivery during the next six months to installations across the country. Left: A soldier gets into the driver's hatch of a Stryker brigade combat vehicle.

Soldiers at Fort Lewis, Wash., are training on a new simulator that puts students behind the wheel of a Stryker vehicle.

The Common Driver Trainer/Stryker Variant is designed to provide initial training for drivers and vehicle commanders on all 10 variants of the eight-wheeled armored vehicle, according to a recent Army press release.

The $800,000 simulators are expected to save lives, money and time.

“Stryker drivers will be able to familiarize themselves with the controls and dynamics of their individual variant of Stryker before operating the vehicle,” the deputy commander of I Corps, Brig. Gen. William Troy, said in the release.

Read the rest at Army Times

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