Canadian Manufacturing

Montreal’s CAE wins trio of defence training deals worth $110M

Deals include comprehensive training suites for U.S. Navy, Beechcraft Corp., according to firm

MONTREAL—Canadian aerospace simulator firm CAE said it has put pen to paper on a trio of contracts for a range of defence training systems worth more than $110-million.

The firm said its American subsidiary, CAE USA, will be responsible for providing the United States Navy with comprehensive T-44C aircrew training services at Naval Air Station (NAS) Corpus Christi, Texas.

Under terms of the deal, CAE will be providing classroom and simulator training for more than 500 students annually to support the Navy’s T-44C aircraft, which is used for multi-engine intermediate and advanced flight training.

As part of the T-44C aircrew training program, CAE will be providing a suite of new T-44C training devices.

“This is a new program for CAE USA, and we are honored the U.S. Navy has selected us following a competitive acquisition process,” CAE USA president and general manager Ray Duquette said in a statement.

“We are also encouraged by the Navy taking an innovative approach to procuring aircrew training services under a contractor-owned and contractor-operated training program.

“We believe this approach to training service delivery can help our military customers save money, decrease risk, secure investment and contribute to enhanced training effectiveness.”

CAE and the U.S. Navy signed a nine-month base contract for US$3.5-million with an additional six one-year options valued at a total of more than US$30-million.

The firm was awarded a separate contract with the U.S. Navy to develop an MH-60R mission operational flight trainer (MOFT) under the United States foreign military sale (FMS) program.

The simulator is slated to be sold to the Royal Danish Navy after it selected the U.S. Navy’s MH-60R Seahawk as its new naval helicopter for search and rescue and anti-surface warfare operations in late 2012.

CAE USA will be the prime contractor responsible for the design and manufacture of an MH-60R MOFT that will be delivered in 2016 to Karup Air Base in Denmark.

No value for that contract was provided.

Finally, CAE was awarded a contract from Beechcraft Corp. to develop a comprehensive T-6C GBTS for the Mexican Air Force (FAM).

The T-6C GBTS will include a T-6C operational flight trainer (OFT), computer-based classroom training systems and courseware.

The units will be delivered to the Zopapan Air Base near Guadalajara in 2015.

No contract value was provided.

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