CAE has won defence contracts on a range of customer platforms valued at more than C$175 million to provide new simulation products, simulator upgrades and training support services for global military customers.Key contracts awarded during the third quarter of CAE's fiscal year 2017 include Babcock France to support pilot training for the French Air Force; Airbus Defence & Space ordering a new C295 full flight simulator for its training centre in Seville, Spain, and continuing simulator upgrades and training support services on the MH-60 Seahawk for both the United States Navy and Royal Australian Navy.
Babcock France has awarded CAE a contract to support pilot training for the French Air Force (Armée de l'Air). Under a program called the Formation Modernisée et Entrainement Différencié des Equipages de Chasse (FOMEDEC), Babcock France will partner with Dassault Aviation to be responsible for providing the French Air Force with a comprehensive pilot training solution, including Pilatus PC-21 aircraft, ground-based training system and long-term training support services. FOMEDEC is the French training program designed to train future French Air Force fighter pilots and weapon systems officers.
CAE was subcontracted to provide the comprehensive ground-based training system for the first time on the PC-21 platform, including full mission simulators, part-task trainers and instructor operator stations. CAE will use Pilatus-provided PC-21 cockpits for the two full mission simulators and part-task trainers, and integrate a range of CAE simulation and synthetic environment technologies, including CAE Medallion-6000XR image generator, OGC CDB architecture and computer-generated forces software. CAE will also provide long-term maintenance and support services for the ground-based training system.
Airbus Defence & Space has awarded CAE a contract to design and manufacture a C295 full flight simulator (FFS) for the C295 medium transport and surveillance aircraft. The simulator will be located at the Airbus Defence & Space International Training Centre in Seville, Spain and will be the second CAE-built C295 FFS at the training centre and will be delivered in 2018.
The United States Navy has exercised additional contract options as part of the MH-60R/S Tech Refresh and Procurement of Simulators (TRPS) program. Under the MH-60 TPRS program, CAE USA is performing major updates and upgrades to the US Navy's suite of MH-60S Sierra and MH-60R Romeo training systems, including tactical operational flight trainers and weapons tactics trainers. The US Navy has also contracted CAE to continue providing maintenance and support services for the Royal Australian Navy's MH-60R training systems located at HMAS Albatross near Nowra in New South Wales.