LONDON — Development of a full-flight simulator for the Royal Air Force of Oman is among three recent military training contracts awarded to CAE.
CAE will develop the simulator as part of its strategic development agreement with Airbus Military, under which the Canadian company is the preferred provider of C295 simulators. It has previously been contracted to deliver two C295 simulators. The Omani air force operates a new fleet of eight Airbus C295 tactical transport and maritime patrol aircraft.
CAE will also upgrade visual systems on flight simulators used by the U.K. military and provide maintenance services for Indian Air Force Hawk training devices. The three orders have a value of about $55 million, according to the company.
The latest C295 simulator will be delivered to the recently constructed Omani base at Al-Mussanah, about 75 miles west of the capital, Muscat. The air force plans to leave the main airport at Muscat to allow for its development as a purely civil facility.
The C295 simulator will be designed as a Level D machine, the highest qualification for flight sims. It will feature the CAE True electric motion system, CAE Medallion-6000 image generator and the common database architecture. According to CAE, the common database enables the creation, modification and correlation of run-time databases in minutes or hours instead of days or weeks.
The simulator is due to be delivered to Oman in 2014.
The order from the U.K. Ministry of Defence calls for CAE to upgrade visual and other systems on simulators for the Royal Navy’s AgustaWestland Lynx Mk8 helicopter and the Royal Air Force’s C-130J tactical transport plane.
CAE will replace the legacy image generator and update the visual display system on the Lynx simulator, as well as provide new databases to be used by the Royal Navy for training. The visual upgrade program will be complete by March 2013.
As part of the RAF C-130J Hercules Synthetic Training Equipment upgrade program, CAE will replace the aging visual systems on two C-130J dynamic mission simulators with the CAE Medallion-6000 image generator. The CAE-built simulators, which were recently moved from RAF Lyneham to RAF Brize Norton, were originally delivered in the late 1990s. CAE will incorporate a visual system to the RAF’s C-130J fixed-base flight training device, and perform database updates. Those upgrades will also be completed next year.
Additionally, BAE Systems awarded CAE a five-year contract to provide maintenance and support services for India’s synthetic training equipment for the BAE Hawk advanced jet trainer.
CAE India will provide on-site maintenance and support services at Indian Air Force Base Bidar, where the service operates a Hawk flight training device, two Hawk cockpit procedures trainers and a Hawk avionics part-task trainer.