CAE Wins $175 Million Simulation And Training Contracts

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  • 09:44 AM, April 9, 2015
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CAE today announced that it has won approximately C$220 million worth of Defence and Security contracts during its fourth quarter to provide simulation products and upgrades as well as training services for global military customers.

Some of the key contracts include providing a C-130J simulator to the United States Air Force; a range of C-130J training systems and upgrades for the Royal Australian Air Force; simulator upgrades and training services for the Royal Air Force; M-346 simulators for the Italian Air Force; in-service support for the British Army's Warrior infantry fighting vehicle training systems; and support services for the NATO Joint Lynx helicopter simulator.

Under subcontract from Lockheed Martin, CAE will design and manufacture a C-130J weapon systems trainer (WST) for the United States Air Force (USAF) Air Mobility Command. The C-130J WST will be the ninth developed by Lockheed Martin and CAE for the USAF's Air Mobility Command and will be delivered in 2018 to Yokota Air Force Base in Japan.

In support of the Royal Australian Air Force's (RAAF) tactical role enhancement program for the C-130J, CAE has been awarded a series of contracts from Australia's Defence Material Organisation (DMO) and Lockheed Martin to upgrade and enhance elements of the C-130J training system at RAAF Base Richmond.

CAE is upgrading the tactical environment software in the CAE-built C-130J full-flight and mission simulator (FFMS) to enable the RAAF to create more realistic training scenarios and leverage the Common Database (CDB) capabilities for mission training and rehearsal. In addition, CAE is updating the mission brief/debrief system on the C-130J FFMS using CAE Flightscape software to enhance training system effectiveness.

CAE is providing CAE Simfinity desktop trainers and instructor tools to bring high-fidelity virtual training to the RAAF's C-130J groundschool. CAE Simfinity Virtual Simulators (VSIM) and simulation-based courseware will support additional virtual training in the classroom for both pilots and loadmasters.

Under a subcontract from Lockheed Martin, CAE will provide CAE Simfinity Virtual Maintenance Trainers (VMT) as part of a modern electronic learning environment for RAAF C-130J maintainers.

The United Kingdom Ministry of Defence (MOD) has awarded CAE several upgrade and modification contract amendments for simulator training services at CAE's Medium Support Helicopter Aircrew Training Facility (MSHATF).

The first contract amendment involves enhancements to the existing ground school training capabilities for both the Chinook and Puma 2 helicopters operated by the Royal Air Force (RAF). CAE is introducing its CAE Simfinity desktop trainers and instructor tools to bring additional virtual training to the classroom during the Puma 2 ground school phase of training. The use of CAE Simfinity and its high-fidelity simulation in the classroom will enable the RAF to more effectively utilize the Puma 2 dynamic mission simulator for advanced tactical and mission training.

Two additional contract amendments involve CAE performing major upgrades on two of the CH-47 Chinook dynamic mission simulators to ensure concurrency with the RAF's CH-47 Mk4 helicopter variants. These simulator upgrades are a continuation of the JULIUS programme.

Alenia Aermacchi has awarded CAE a contract to provide an M-346 full-mission simulator (FMS) and M-346 part-task trainer (PTT) to support the Italian Air Force. This contract follows an earlier agreement signed in 2009 for Alenia Aermacchi and CAE to provide a comprehensive M-346 ground-based training system in support of Alenia Aermacchi's sale of the M-346 advanced trainer aircraft (called the T-346A by the Italian Air Force).

Alenia Aermachi and CAE have already delivered one M-346 FMS and one M-346 PTT to Galatina Air Force Base near Lecce, Italy. This contract will see Alenia Aermacchi deliver a second M-346 FMS and PTT to Lecce as part of the T-346A Integrated Training System. The M-346 FMS will include a full-dome display system and next-generation CAE Medallion-6000 image generator. Alenia Aermacchi and CAE will also perform updates on the initial M-346 simulators delivered to the Italian Air Force and add new functionalities to support networked training as well as integrated live-virtual-constructive (LVC) training.

The United Kingdom Ministry of Defence has awarded CAE a four-year contract to provide logistics support and maintenance services on the British Army's suite of Warrior infantry fighting vehicle direct and indirect fire trainers. The British Army uses a comprehensive suite of training devices for artillery fire control, crew gunnery and turret skills training, and CAE will now provide in-service support on these training systems at British Army bases in the UK and Germany. In addition, CAE will provide configuration management of the British Army's Common Instructor Operating Station for Precision Gunnery, which is used to assess overall performance when training precision gunnery tasks.

The NATO Support Agency (NSPA) has contracted CAE to provide maintenance and support services on the CAE-built Lynx full-mission flight trainer (FMFT) based at Naval Air Station (NAS) Nordholz in Germany. Under terms of the three-year contract, which includes an additional two option years, CAE will provide on-site maintenance services as well as logistics support and visual database development services.

Lieutenant Torsten Junker, Simulator Officer for the Joint Lynx Simulator Training Establishment said, "The simulator is used extensively to train Lynx aircrews from several nations so the ongoing maintenance and support is critical to its high availability and helping our aircrews maintain mission readiness.

The Joint Lynx Simulator Training Establishment, originally located at Naval Air Station de Kooy in the Netherlands and relocated to NAS Nordholz in 2013, currently provides training support to Lynx aircrews from Germany, Denmark, and Portugal. The Lynx FMFT originally entered service in 1988 and has been upgraded by CAE numerous times over more than 25 years of service. The simulator has delivered more than 100,000 hours of training to Lynx aircrews in Europe.

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