CAE will upgrade NATO's AWACS simulators. (NATO)
FARNBOROUGH, ENGLAND — Simulation giant CAE has signed a contract to upgrade the simulators for NATO’s fleet of E-3A airborne warning and control system (AWACS) aircraft, the company announced Tuesday.
The contract covers modernization of the simulators to make sure they are concurrent with upgrades being done to the AWACS fleet, including glass cockpits and advanced avionics. The simulator upgrades will be done by 2018.
A source familiar with the deal said the agreement was worth around $20 million. NATO operates 17 E-3A planes.
“The E-3A flight simulators help provide safe and cost-effective training for the 16 nations involved in the multi-national NATO E-3A Component,” Ian Bell, CAE’s vice president and business leader for Europe, said in a press statement released by the company.
“CAE has supported the training of NATO E-3A aircrews for more than 30 years, and we’re pleased to extend this support with another major modernization effort program for the E-3A training devices located at the Geilenkirchen main operating base.”
Canadian-based CAE developed and manufactured the E-3A flight deck simulator in 1982, and has made more than 100 upgrades to the system since it entered service. ■