CAE announced today that it has won a series of contracts worth more than $98.5 million to provide a range of simulation products and upgrades and other support services.
These include contracts to provide a C295 full-flight simulator to the Polish Air Force, a contract extending the maintenance and support services provided at the German Army Aviation School, a contract to conduct a training needs analysis study for the German-French Tiger Helicopter Technical School, and contracts to support the New Zealand Defence Force's SH-2G(I) Super Seasprite synthetic training devices.
"Defense forces and original equipment manufacturers from around the world continue to turn to CAE for their training needs, and we are happy to add new platforms such as the SH-2G and Tiger helicopters to our portfolio," said Gene Colabatistto, CAE's Group President, Defence & Security. "These orders show the continued focus by defence and security forces on expanding their use of simulation-based training."
Airbus Defence and Space/Polish Air Force
CAE was awarded a contract from prime contractor Airbus Defence and Space to design and manufacture a C295 full-flight simulator (FFS) for the Polish Air Force. The C295 FFS will be the fourth to be developed by CAE through a strategic cooperation agreement with Airbus Defence & Space under which CAE is the preferred provider of simulation and training systems for C295 aircraft programs worldwide.
The CAE-built C295 simulator will support the training requirements of the Polish Air Force and be delivered in 2017 to Balice Krakow Air Base. The Polish Air Force has a fleet of 16 C295 aircraft used for national and international transport operations.
The Polish Air Force's C295 FFS will be designed to meet the standards of Level D, the highest qualification for flight simulators. The C295 FFS will feature the CAE True electric motion system, CAE Medallion-6000 image generator, and the common database (CDB) architecture, which enables real-time mission training capabilities.
"CAE's source selection for the supply of a C295 full-flight simulator for Poland further strengthens the long-standing commercial relationship between both companies," said Colabatistto. "CAE is committed to supporting Airbus Defence & Space with respect to offset fulfillment in Canada and we look forward to continuing our partnership on the global supply of C295 simulation products and training services."
German Army Aviation School
Germany's Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) has exercised a contract option for CAE GmbH to continue providing a range of maintenance and in-service support through 2021 at the Hans E. Drebing simulator centre of the German Army Aviation School in Bueckeburg. The contract covers the on-site maintenance and training support services of the 12 CAE-built helicopter simulators operated at the German Army Aviation School. The state-of-the-art training facility, Europe's largest helicopter training centre, includes two Bell UH-1D, eight Airbus Helicopter EC135, and two Sikorsky CH-53 helicopter simulators that are used to deliver initial and advanced pilot training to the German Armed Forces as well as several other defence and security forces. In addition, CAE is delivering under a separate contract two additional CH-53GA cockpits to use with the roll-on/roll-off simulators, giving the German Army a total of 14 simulator cockpits at the facility.
OCCAR-EA/Tiger Helicopter Program
The Organisation conjointe de cooperation en matiere d'armement (OCCAR-EA), a European organization responsible for managing the through-life support of cooperative European defence programs, has awarded CAE a contract for the analysis of training needs for the German-French Tiger Helicopter Technical School located in Fassberg, Germany. The technical school is responsible for the theoretical and practical training of Tiger helicopter maintenance technicians. As part of the training needs analysis study, CAE will evaluate the current technical training program and recommend prospective academic and synthetic training solutions to enhance the technical training currently provided for all variants of the Tiger attack helicopter.
New Zealand Defence Force SH-2G(I) Super Seaspite
The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) awarded CAE contracts to support its SH-2G(I) Super Seasprite helicopter synthetic training devices. Under terms of the contracts, which CAE announced on October 20, 2014, CAE will perform updates to an existing SH-2G(I) Full Mission Flight Simulator (FMFS) and SH-2G(I) Part Task Trainer (PTT) that the NZDF is acquiring as part of a comprehensive acquisition of ten SH-2G(I) helicopters from Kaman Corporation. Following delivery of the SH-2G(I) synthetic training devices to Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) Base Auckland in Whenuapai, CAE will provide through-life support and maintenance services for 15 years.