Canadian Manufacturing

CAE wins US$200M contract to train U.S. Army pilots

The simulator maker will manufacture a suite of training equipment for the contract, and operate two training sites



MONTREAL—The U.S. Army has selected CAE Inc. to train about 600 pilots annually for up to eight years at new centre that the Montreal-based company will build and operate in Alabama near Fort Rucker.

The flight simulator manufacturer and training company says it will receive more than US$29 million over the initial two-year portion of the contract and about US$200 million if it’s extended to Sept. 30, 2023.

CAE says it will manufacture a suite of training equipment for the contract including two full simultors that mimic the cockpits of C-12 King Air propeller-driven cargo planes used by the U.S. army and air force.

CAE instructors will also provide live flying training with a fleet of 10 King Air planes owned by the U.S. army and operate a new training centre at Dothan regional airport in Alabama, near the army’s aviation center at Fort Rucker.

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