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Sept. 16, 2013 at 9:31 AM
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WILLIAMTOWN, Australia, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- BAE Systems, Beechcraft and CAE have partnered in a bid to win an Australian Defense Force program for a new pilot training system.

The partnership brings together BAE Systems' extensive training, systems integration and sustainment capabilities; Beechcraft's T-6C aircraft mission system; and CAE's simulation, training and support services for the ADF's Air 5428 project.

"Since 1992, BAE Systems' training specialists have helped deliver flight screening and basic flight training for the ADF," said BAE Systems General Manager Aviation Solutions John Quaife.

"Beechcraft and BAE Systems are also working together to support pilot training for the United States Navy on the T-6 mission system.

"Designed to meet the needs of undergraduate pilot training for the United States, Canada and other NATO air forces, the T-6C has amassed more than 2 million flying hours and has proven its ability as a versatile, cost-effective platform.

"CAE has extensive experience delivering and supporting T-6 training systems and proven partnerships with BAE Systems. The recent selection of CAE to provide three new full-mission simulators for the Hawk Lead-In Fighter is testament to its technical capability and local support it brings to the team," he said.

Additional details on the partnership and the team is pursuing were not immediately available.

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