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NATO's E-3A flight simulators getting major upgrade

"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," said Ian Bell, CAE's vice president and business leader -- Europe.
By Richard Tomkins   |   July 16, 2014 at 3:49 PM

FARNBOROUGH, England, July 16 (UPI) -- Canadian simulator-based training systems company CAE is to conduct a major modernization of NATO's E-3A Sentry training devices.

The contract for the work was signed this week with the NATO Airborne Early Warning & Control Program Management Organization, or NAPMO, at the Farnborough International Airshow in Britain.

"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," said Ian Bell, CAE's vice president and business leader -- Europe. "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."

The E-3A is an early warning and command-and-control aircraft built by Boeing. They aircraft are in the process of upgrading with advanced avionics and other systems.

CAE said its work on the simulators will be completed by 2018.

The NATO E-3A flight deck simulator was designed and manufactured by CAE and entered service in 1982.

The value of the contract from NAPMO was not disclosed.

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