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CAE producing more P-8A trainers

Dec. 1, 2011 at 8:35 AM

ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Six more P-8A Poseidon operational flight trainers for the U.S. Navy have been ordered by Boeing from Canada's CAE Inc.

CAE announced the deal at the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference in Florida.

"As the United States Navy continues planning for initial operating capability of the P-8A, CAE is pleased to be working closely with Boeing to deliver the training systems required," said John Lenyo, president and general manager of CAE USA.

"The Navy expects to increase the amount of synthetic training used for aircrew training so the fleet of P-8A operational flight trainers we deliver will play a key role in preparing crews to effectively operate and employ this state-of-the-art aircraft."

Under the order, CAE will manufacture the simulators and develop P-8A Aircraft Equipment enhanced Desktop Environment trainers, used as role-playing stations.

Boeing is the prime contractor for the aircraft. The Navy plans for the P-8A to be used in an anti-submarine role, among others. It is acquiring 117 Poseidons.

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