Oshkosh, FAAC receive order for Simulator Trainers

Simulators teach driving skills under controlled conditions.

Chicago, IL. – Oshkosh Specialty Vehicles (OSV), along with FAAC Incorporated of Ann Arbor, Mich., have received an order for eight Operator Driver Simulators (ODS) mobile trainer facilities from the U.S. Army National Guard.

The simulators will train students on how to operate a number of military vehicles, including Medium and Heavy Tactical trucks, High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV), and Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles through the practice of critical driving skills in a controlled environment.

Delivery is expected by September 2009.

OSV manufactures a systems-ready, mobile training environment and the ODS simulators are installed by FAAC at its facilities in Ann Arbor. OSV will provide both the 38-foot and 44-foot long enclosures, which are engineered as fully self-contained mobile trainers.

For the student, the ODS training station simulates the fit and feel of the various tactical vehicles, and is built using motion seats that rotate in three axes (3 degrees of freedom or “3dof”) to simulate real-world driving conditions. The operator sees three display screens that realistically depict a virtual world that simulates a variety of on and off-road terrains, obstacles and other challenges.

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The Army National Guard ODS simulator trailer by Oshkosh Specialty Vehicles and FAAC.

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