CAE won a contract from the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) to deliver a CAE 700MR Series NH90 flight training device (FTD) to the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF). CAE will also provide long-term maintenance and support services upon delivery of the simulator to RNZAF Base Ohakea in 2020.  The contract for the CAE 700MR Series NH90 FTD and through-life support services, including options, is valued at more than C$50 million.

The CAE 700MR is designed specifically for military helicopter flight and mission training and is the company’s new CAE 700 Mission Reality (MR) Series FTD that was launched at the Farnborough Airshow.

“Increased use of New Zealand-based simulators is the best way to train and sustain the number of pilots in the fleet,” says New Zealand Minister for Defence Ron Mark.  “The availability of in-country simulator-based flight training will reduce the need to use NH90s for training flights, ensuring the helicopters are available for more operational tasking.”

The CAE 700MR Series FTD offers an immersive and realistic training environment in a fixed-based platform that includes a dynamic seat for vibration and motion cueing.  The RNZAF NH90 simulator will feature the CAE Medallion-6000XR image generator and an extreme field-of-view visual display system (240 degrees horizontal by 88 degrees vertical) that the company says is ideal for practicing and rehearsing high-risk maneuvers such as ship deck and confined area landings.