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CAE touts military contracts

Sept. 8, 2011 at 8:26 AM

MONTREAL, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Canadian simulation and modeling technologies company CAE Inc. reports the awarding of a series of military contracts valued at more than $101 million.

Included is a subcontract to design and manufacture four C-130J simulators for the U.S. Air Force as well as contracts in Germany to provide support services for the German air force's Eurofighter simulators and to upgrade Tornado flight simulators.

"The recent contracts for new C-130J simulators as well as the services and upgrade contracts in Germany are indicative of the opportunities we are now seeing as militaries look for ways to save money," said Martin Gagne, CAE's Group president for military products, training and services.

"Synthetic training is one way for militaries to reduce some of the costs related to live flying, yet still maintain required levels of proficiency and readiness."

Under terms of a subcontract from the prime contractor, CAE will design and manufacture four C-130J weapon systems trainers to support the Air Force's Air Mobility Command, Air Combat Command, and Air Force Special Operations Command.

CAE said Germany's GFD Gesellschaft fur Flugzieldarstellung mbH, a subsidiary of Cassidian, contracted CAE Elektronik GmbH to provide a range of maintenance and support services for the German air force's Eurofighter full-mission simulators and cockpit trainers over four years.

CAE will support the CAE Medallion visual system on the Eurofighter training devices, as well as provide scenario generation services for the German air force.

CAE Elektronik GmbH was awarded contracts to perform several upgrades to the German air force Tornado full-mission simulators.

CAE will upgrade the Tornado development simulator at CAE's facility in Stolberg, Germany and at Lechfeld and Jagel.

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