CAE wins contracts from Kuwait Air Force
CAE has announced that it has won a series of military contracts valued at approximately C$200 million, the majority of which involves long-term, recurring training services. They include a contract from the United States Navy to develop a KC-130J full-mission simulator for the Kuwait Air Force under a foreign military sales (FMS) programme and the United States Air Force exercising the option for the third-year of KC-135 tanker aircrew training services in addition to contract modifications to perform a range of KC-135 simulator upgrades. CAE has also signed long-term training services contracts with an Asian military customer.
“We are pleased to welcome the Kuwait Air Force to the long list of customers who have selected CAE as their provider of C-130 training systems and services,” said Gene Colabatistto, Group President, Military Products, Training and Services, CAE. “The Middle East and Asia are markets that are increasingly offering a solid pipeline of opportunities, and we are seeing some good potential for upgrade business as defence forces look to leverage simulation-based training for more of their training requirements. Global militaries continue to believe in the funda- mental value of simulation-based training, and CAE is well-positioned around the world to deliver a range of solutions designed to enhance efficiency and save money while helping to maintain readiness.”
CAE has won a United States Navy contract to design and manufacture a KC-130J full-mission simulator for the Kuwait Air Force. The contract was awarded to CAE USA under the United States FMS programme. Under terms of the contract, CAE USA will design and manufacture a KC-130J full-mission simulator that will be delivered in 2015 to Al Mubarak Air Base near Kuwait International Airport.
The simulator will feature the CAE true electric motion system, CAE Medallion-6000 image generator, and common database (CDB) architecture, which enables real-time mission training and rehearsal capabilities. The KC-130J full-mission simulator will be certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to Level D, the highest qualification for flight simulators.
“This KC-130J full-mission simulator will support initial, recurrent and mission training in-country for Kuwaiti KC-130J aircrews, and importantly, enable the Kuwait Air Force to focus their fleet of KC-130J aircraft on operational requirements,” said John Lenyo, President and General Manager, CAE USA.