NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md.– The aircrew from the E2-D Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 125 (VAW-125) recently completed two weeks of on-site readiness training following the installation of two E-2D Distributed Readiness Trainers (D-DRTs) by the Naval Aviation Training Systems and Ranges program office (PMA-205).  

These medium-fidelity trainers contain a complete mock-up of the E-2D weapons system and are available via commercial off-the-shelf components, allowing them to be operational faster than higher fidelity trainers. The D-DRT uses touch screen technology and is less expensive to maintain than the legacy trainers, which improves reliability and reduces lifecycle costs.  

Naval aviators train on E-2D distributed readiness trainers, which are training devices capable of elements of two, five crewmember aircraft to conduct a single training scenario simultaneously and execute the full list of tactics, techniques, and procedures. Credit: U.S. Navy

“Our ability to cycle through reps and sets of advanced tactics, techniques, and procedures in a short amount of time will make the warfighter more lethal at a much lower cost to the taxpayer,” said David Adams, PMA-205 Training Systems integrated product team lead.  

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