CAE has won contracts under the KC-135 Aircrew Training System (ATS) program to upgrade a range of KC-135 aircrew training devices to be used on the US Air Force's Distributed Training Center Network (DTCN).
In addition, CAE will be responsible for ensuring the training center facilities housing KC-135 aircrew training devices meet the required physical security and cybersecurity requirements established by the US Department of Defense to network the training devices to the classified DTCN.
"Our objective for the Mobility Air Force Distributed Mission Operations initiative is to enhance our live, virtual and constructive training so that we can train in a secure and networked environment across our mobility platforms and the broader USAF, as well as joint and coalition training exercises," said Clifford Sanchez, KC-135 Aircrew Training System Manager, Air Mobility Command, United States Air Force. "We are increasing our virtual training capabilities and the addition of the KC-135 pilot and boom operator flight simulators are a critical piece of our overall MAF DMO and virtual air refuelling effort."
CAE will be performing upgrades and updates to KC-135 operational flight trainers (OFTs) and KC-135 boom operator weapon systems trainers (BOWST) to be used for MAF DMO training. With the ability to connect the various KC-135 training devices to the Distributed Training Center Network, the USAF will have increased capability for virtual air refuelling and air refuelling formation training over a secure network.
CAE will be updating KC-135 aircrew training devices located at Scott Air Force Base (AFB), March Air Reserve Base (ARB), Fairchild AFB, MacDill AFB, Seymour Johnson AFB, and Grissom ARB.
CAE will also be implementing a comprehensive cyber-security policy across the KC-135 Aircrew Training System. This will ensure that the training center facilities, training equipment, and related networks are secure and capable of supporting the KC-135 Aircrew Training System.