In September, CAE won a batch of military contracts in the Middle East, Asia and U.S. with a total value of about $200 million Canadian ($205 million).
For the Kuwait Air Force, the Canadian simulator company will develop a KC-130J full-mission simulator (FMS) through a U.S. Navy Foreign Military Sales contract signed. CAE plans to deliver the simulator in 2015 to Al Mubarak Air Base near Kuwait International Airport. The job will include the CAE True electric motion system, CAE Medallion-6000 image generator, and the common database architecture, which enables real-time mission training and rehearsal. The KC-130J FMS, intended for use in initial, recurrent and mission training, will be certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency to Level D, the highest qualification for flight simulators.
The Gulf state became Lockheed Martin’s first export customer for the J model by ordering three aircraft that are to be delivered from late 2013 to early 2014; it plans to use the tankers primarily to refuel its Boeing F/A-18C Hornets.
In Asia, meanwhile, CAE has sealed a deal to provide an unnamed nation with military helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft training over the next 25 years.
“The Middle East and Asia are markets that are increasingly offering a solid pipeline of opportunities, and we are seeing some good potential for upgrade business as defense forces look to leverage simulation-based training for more of their training requirements,” said Gene Colabatistto, president of CAE’s military training group.
Additionally, the U.S. Air Force exercised an option for a third year of aircrew training services provided by CAE USA as prime contractor on the KC-135 ATS program. The company will continue to provide classroom and simulator instruction as well as upgrades, maintenance, and support for all KC-135 aircrew training devices.
CAE was also awarded a contract modification to support the training system updates resulting from the Block 45 upgrade underway on the KC-135 tanker program, as well as contract modifications to perform several upgrades to the KC-135 operational flight trainers. The company will incorporate CAE Flightscape’s Insight software as part of the KC-135 Training Data Acquisition, Analysis and Playback System.
CAE says Flightscape’s latest data recording, animation and replay technology will help improve the training of KC-135 aircrews by providing brief-debrief and evidence-based training technology for simulator-based training sessions.