CAE wins military contracts valued at more than $55M
by Canadian Manufacturing Daily Staff
Deals signed with Airbus Military, BAE systems, UK Ministry of Defence for simulation, support tech
MONTREAL—CAE has been awarded a series of military contracts valued at more than $55-million, the company has announced.
The deals include a contract from Airbus Military to develop a C295 full-flight simulator (FFS) for the Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO), a contract from BAE Systems to provide maintenance and support services for the Indian Air Force’s Hawk training devices and contracts from the UK Ministry of Defence to upgrade C-130J and Lynx simulators.
“These orders are indicative of the types of opportunities we see as a result of CAE’s global footprint, position on key platforms and the fundamental value of simulation-based training solutions,” CAE group president, military products, training and services Gene Colabatistto said in a statement. “In growth markets such as the Middle East and India, we continue to see a solid pipeline of opportunities for our product and services.”
CAE will design and manufacture a C295 FFS for the Royal Air Force of Oman.
The third C295 FFS to be developed by CAE through a strategic cooperation agreement with Airbus Military, the simulator will support the training requirements of the RAFO, which recently ordered eight C295 aircraft for tactical transport and maritime patrol, and will be delivered in 2014.
The RAFO’s C295 FFS will be designed to meet the standards of Level D, the highest qualification for flight simulators, according to CAE.
The C295 FFS will feature the CAE TrueTM electric motion system, CAE Medallion-6000TM image generator and the common database (CDB) architecture, which enables real-time mission training capabilities.
BAE Systems/Indian Air Force
BAE Systems has awarded CAE a five-year contract to provide maintenance and support services for India’s Hawk synthetic training equipment.
CAE India will provide on-site maintenance and support services at Indian Air Force Base Bidar where the Indian Air Force operates a Hawk flight training device, two Hawk cockpit procedures trainers and a Hawk avionics part-task trainer.
The company’s Indian operations will provide a range of training support services, including hardware and software engineering, troubleshooting and logistics support.
UK Ministry of Defence
The UK Ministry of Defence has awarded CAE contracts to perform major visual system and additional upgrades on the Royal Navy’s Lynx Mk8 full-mission simulator, as well as the Royal Air Force’s C-130J dynamic mission simulators.
As part of the RAF C-130J Hercules Synthetic Training Equipment upgrade program, CAE will replace the current visual systems on two C-130J dynamic mission simulators with the CAE Medallion-6000 image generator.
The two CAE-built C-130J simulators, which CAE recently moved from RAF Lyneham to RAF Brize Norton, were originally delivered in the late 1990s.
In addition to the visual upgrade on the C-130J simulators, CAE will add a visual system to the RAF’s C-130J fixed-base flight training device and perform database updates.
The visual system and related upgrades will be completed at RAF Brize Norton during 2013.
CAE will also upgrade the visual system on the Royal Navy’s Lynx Mk8 full-mission simulator located at Royal Navy Air Station Yeovilton with the CAE Medallion-6000 visual system.
As part of the upgrade program, CAE will replace the legacy image generator as well as update the visual display system.
In addition, CAE will provide new databases to be used by the Royal Navy for training.
The Royal Navy Lynx Mk8 visual upgrade program will be complete by March 2013.