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Montreal-based CAE wins $115M in defence deals abroad

Contracts cover "range of simulation products and upgrades, professional and long-term support services" in Europe, New Zealand

December 15, 2014  by Canadian Manufacturing Staff

MONTREAL—Simulation training and equipment maker CAE Inc. said it has won defence deals worth more than $115 million in Europe and New Zealand.

According to the Montreal-based company, the contracts cover “a range of simulation products and upgrades as well as professional and long-term support services,” including a deal to provide a C295 full-flight simulator to the Polish Air Force.

“Defence forces and original equipment manufacturers from around the world continue to turn to CAE for their training needs, and we are happy to add new platforms such as the SH-2G and Tiger helicopters to our portfolio,” CAE’s group president of defence and security, Gene Colabatistto, said in a release.

“These orders show the continued focus by defence and security forces on expanding their use of simulation-based training.”


CAE was awarded a contract from Airbus SAS to design and manufacture a C295 full-flight simulator for the Polish Air Force, the fourth developed by CAE through a strategic cooperation agreement with Airbus.

The CAE-built C295 simulator will support the training requirements of the Polish Air Force and be delivered in 2017 to Balice Krakow Air Base.

The Polish Air Force has a fleet of 16 C295 aircraft used for national and international transport operations.

“CAE’s source selection for the supply of a C295 full-flight simulator for Poland further strengthens the long-standing commercial relationship between both companies,” said Colabatistto. “CAE is committed to supporting Airbus … with respect to offset fulfillment in Canada and we look forward to continuing our partnership on the global supply of C295 simulation products and training services.”

In nearby Germany, CAE won a deal extending its maintenance and in-service support through 2021 at the German Army Aviation School in Bueckeburg.

The contract covers the on-site maintenance and training support services of the 12 CAE-built helicopter simulators operated at the German Army Aviation School.

The state-of-the-art training facility, Europe’s largest helicopter training centre, includes two Bell UH-1D, eight Airbus EC135, and two Sikorsky CH-53 helicopter simulators that are used to deliver initial and advanced pilot training to the German Armed Forces.

CAE said it is also delivering two additional CH-53GA cockpits to use with the roll-on/roll-off simulators, giving the German Army a total of 14 simulator cockpits at the facility.

Also in Germany, CAE was a contract for the analysis of training needs for the German-French Tiger Helicopter Technical School located in Fassberg by the Organisation conjointe de coopération en matière d’armement (OCCAR-EA), a European organization responsible for managing the through-life support of cooperative European defence programs.

The technical school is responsible for the theoretical and practical training of Tiger helicopter maintenance technicians.

And in New Zealand, CAE won a support contract SH-2G(I) Super Seasprite helicopter synthetic training devices it is providing to the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) Base Auckland.

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