CAE producing systems for U.S., Denmark and Mexico

Jan. 9, 2014 at 2:43 PM
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MONTREAL, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Canadian simulation and training systems company CAE reports $101.8 million new military contracts.

The customers include the U.S. Navy, the Royal Danish Navy – through a U.S. Foreign Military Sales contract – and Beechcraft, which is providing a T-6 flight simulator to the Mexican Air Force.

"CAE is a skilled and experienced training systems integrator with the proven capability to deliver comprehensive, integrated training solutions," said Gene Colabatistto, CAE group president, Defense and Security. "We are continuing to be successful with platforms where we have a strong position, such as the MH-60R, as well as pursue and win a range of turnkey training programs, such as the U.S. Navy T-44C.

"We are encouraged by the pipeline of global opportunities we have in front of us in both the traditional defense market as well as adjacencies such as public safety and security."

Under contract to the U.S. Navy, CAE's U.S. subsidiary will provide T-44C aircrew training services at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi in Texas. Included is classroom and simulator training for more than 500 students annually to support the Navy's T-44C aircraft, which is used for multi-engine intermediate and advanced flight training.

Also provided will be a suite of new T-44C training devices.

The award has a nine-month base period, valued at $3.5 million and six one-year options valued at a total of more than US$30 million.

CAE said it was awarded a contract by the U.S. Navy to develop an MH-60R helicopter mission operational flight trainer for the Royal Danish Navy. The company will be the prime contractor responsible for the design and manufacture of the MH-60R MOFT that will be delivered in 2016.

The MH-60R MOFT is a full-motion simulator with crew positions for the pilot, tactics officer, and sensor operator. It includes an onboard flight instructor station, off-board stations for the tactics instructor, debriefing, and database development.

The contract from Beechcraft Corporation is for development of a comprehensive T-6C ground based training system for the Mexican Air Force.

CAE said the system will include a T-6C operational flight trainer and computer-based classroom training systems and courseware.

The T-6C GBTS, or ground based training system, is part of an overall training solution Beechcraft is providing to the Mexican Air Force under a contract that includes 12 T-6C+ military trainer aircraft.

The operational flight trainer will include a high-fidelity replica of the T-6C cockpit with a fully-enclosed, 270 degree by 70 degree field-of-view display system driven by the CAE Medallion-6000 image generator. The system will feature a CAE-developed common database architecture that enhances the ability to correlate and rapidly update databases to support training and mission rehearsal requirements.

CAE did not provide a financial breakdown of the contracts for Denmark or Beechcraft.

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