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PEOSTRI: PRESS RELEASE - U.S. Army To Demonstrate HMMWV Egress Assistance Trainer At AUSA Winter Symposium And Exhibition
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U.S. Army To Demonstrate HMMWV Egress Assistance Trainer
At AUSA Winter Symposium And Exhibition

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (Thursday, March 1, 2007) - The U.S. Army will be running interactive demonstrations of the new Army HMMWV Egress Assistance Trainer (HEAT) during the AUSA Winter Symposium and Exhibition (March 7-9, Broward County Convention Center, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) in the Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI), Booth #435. HEAT will emulate Soldier training techniques on how to egress in emergency situations.

PEO STRI, in a joint effort with PEO Combat Support and Combat Service Support (CS & CSS), engineering assistance from the Research, Development and Engineering Command's (RDECOM) Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) and manufacturing capability at Red River Army Depot, rapidly developed and tested HEAT, a safe emergency egress trainer for the M1114 HMMWV, after receiving an Operational Needs Statement from U.S. Army Forces Command. HEAT's unique capability to safely and accurately rotate and stop in various positions allows the Soldier to be trained on an array of egress techniques.

"Soldiers, including the gunner, are properly trained to open safety restraints and how to exit the vehicle through doors in a variety of rotated positions," stated Lt. Col. Scott Pulford, Product Manager, Ground Combat Tactical Trainers. "We [Army] need to make sure that a Soldier knows what it feels like to rollover in the event of an actual occurrence. HEAT gives them the techniques needed to recover the vehicle up to a certain point and the ability to know when that point is exceeded. Every Soldier needs to know how to egress from a fully rolled over vehicle."

HEAT leverages an existing training design from the Coalition Forces Land Component Command, safety certifications from the Army Test and Evaluation Command, and lessons learned from other stand-alone efforts from the U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Army Europe and the 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum.

53 HEAT trainers are set to be manufactured by Red River Army Depot and they will be utilized Army-wide.


Headquartered in Orlando, Fla., the U.S. Army PEO STRI executes an annual budget of over $2 billion. In addition to providing interoperable training and testing solutions and program management, PEO STRI provides lifecycle support for the U.S. Army's most advanced training systems around the world. PEO STRI is dedicated to putting the power of simulation into the hands of our Warfighters.


TARDEC, part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM), is headquartered at the Detroit Arsenal, Warren, Mich. It is the Nation's laboratory for advanced military automotive technology. TARDEC's mission is to provide full service life cycle engineering support to the TACOM Life Cycle Management Command, the Program Executive Office for Ground Combat Systems, the Program Executive Office for Combat Support and Combat Service Support, and the Program Manager for Future Combat Systems Brigade Combat Team. TARDEC develops and integrates the right technology solutions to improve the effectiveness of the current force and realize the superior capability of the future force in order to facilitate Army transformation. Its technical staff leads research in ground vehicle survivability, mobility, intelligent systems, and maneuver support and sustainment.


The above technology will be featured during a hands-on interactive media demonstration on Wednesday, March 7, 2007 at 2:00 pm (EST) the AUSA Winter Symposium and Exhibition (Broward County Convention Center, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) in the PEO STRI HEAT exhibit (Booth #435). Please contact Ms. Ashley John, Booz Allen Hamilton, (586) 405-5570, or Ms. Kristen Dooley, PEO STRI, (407) 384-5224, to confirm attendance to the live demonstration or to schedule an individual interview/demonstration.

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