Canada-based simulator specialist CAE recently announced a batch of military contracts totaling approximately 130 million Canadian dollars ($128 million) from the armed services of Australia, Kuwait and the United States.
Under a U.S. Foreign Military Sales contract, CAE will develop an avionics maintenance trainer and weapons load trainer (AMT/WLT) for the Sikorsky MH-60R helicopter for the Royal Australian Navy.
CAE USA will be the prime contractor responsible for the design and manufacture of the AMT/WLT, which is scheduled for delivery in 2015 to shore station HMAS Albatross, near Nowra in New South Wales.
The AMT/WLT will provide transition and readiness training for MH-60R avionics technicians and be used to demonstrate, instruct and provide hands-on experience on maintaining the helicopter. Instructors can also simulate loading ammunition by using imitation missiles and ordnance.
CAE USA has also been awarded an FMS contract by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to construct a training facility for the Kuwait Air Force at Al Mubarak Air Base in the Arabian Gulf emirate. The two-bay training facility will house a KC-130J full-mission simulator that CAE is currently under contract to design and manufacture for the Kuwaiti air arm.
The U.S. Air Force, meanwhile, has placed a contract, plus options, for CAE to perform operations and maintenance support for KC-135 Boom Operator Weapon Systems Trainers (BOWST).
The Air Force is acquiring new KC-135 BOWSTs to provide the tankers’ boom operators with increased synthetic training capabilities. CAE USA will incorporate the training devices into the overall KC-135 training program and provide maintenance support for the equipment.
The initial contract for the first year of operations and maintenance is valued at more than $5 million, with annual KC-135 BOWST maintenance support contract options for the remaining seven years of the KC-135 ATS program valued at approximately $50 million.
Finally, Lockheed Martin has exercised a contract option for CAE to design and manufacture an additional C-130J weapon systems trainer for the U.S. Air Force as part of the C-130J Maintenance and Aircrew Training System Phase II program. The simulator will be delivered in 2016 to Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., and used by the Air Mobility Command for initial qualification, refresher and distributed mission training.