CAE has signed deals to provide training for aircrew and maintenance personnel for the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force and equipment to help Turkey train more effectively on its TAI/AgustaWestland T129 attack helicopters.
The contracts are part of a cluster of military contracts from more than 15 customers totaling approximately $95.6 million.
The Japanese order for the Canadian company comes in the form of a foreign military sales contract from the U.S. Navy for the provision of KC-130R aircrew and maintenance training services.
In March this year, U.S. Naval Air Systems Command reported that it was refurbishing six surplus KC-130Rs from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona for transfer to the JMSDF for use in the utility cargo role. The aircraft are undergoing maintenance and refurbishment that will take 10-12 months per aircraft, with regeneration being completed in the fall and initial deliveries to Japan in spring 2014.
Prior to delivery, CAE will provide six to eight weeks of initial pilot training onsite at Davis-Monthan, in addition to 10 weeks of classroom training for aircrew and maintainers.
The contract will include academic and live flight training for pilots, flight engineers, navigators, loadmasters and maintenance personnel. Academic training will be conducted at CAE’s C-130 Training Center in Tampa, Fla. Live flight training on the Japanese KC-130R aircraft will occur at various locations within the U.S., with follow-on training services to be provided in Japan.
“We are focused on a diverse pipeline of opportunities in both the established and emerging markets and I am pleased we are winning new programs in the Asia-Pacific region involving countries such as Japan, Korea, Singapore, India and others,” said Gene Colabatistto, head of CAE’s military products, training and services group.
Meanwhile, Turkish simulation and training company Havelsan has selected the CAE Medallion-6000 image generator for one T129 helicopter full-mission simulator and one T129 part-mission simulator that it is developing for the Turkish Army. The T129 is a derivative of the Agusta A129 Mangusta attack helicopter, being developed and produced by Turkish Aerospace Industries.
Each simulator includes two cockpits to replicate the pilot and gunner stations. Each will be equipped with a high-fidelity visual system using the Medallion-6000 image generator producing out-the-window visuals on a 13-channel direct projection dome display. In addition, the Medallion-6000 will be used on a T129 Advanced Weapons and Tactics Trainer, which will have a three-channel visual display system.
Havelsan will also be adopting the CAE-developed Common Database architecture as part of the T129 simulators to enhance the ability to correlate and rapidly update databases to support training and mission rehearsal requirements.
Havelsan has experience in this field, having worked with CAE to establish a CDB-based database generation system for the Turkish Air Force’s F-16, T-38 and KT-1T training devices.