CAE has good simulator sales
Canada-based CAE has announced that it has sold five full-flight simulators (FFSs) as well as a series of training devices, longterm service agreements and update services to airlines and original equipment manufacturers in Asia, Australasia, North America and Europe. The contracts are worth a total of approximately C$85 million at list prices and bring the total number of FFS sales that CAE announced in fiscal year 2013 to 35.
“Our simulator sales in fiscal 2013 continue to reflect our global reach. We have sold 60 per cent of our simulators this year to customers in Asia and Australasia, 23 per cent in North America and 17 per cent in Europe,” said Jeff Roberts, CAE’s Group President, Civil Simulation Products, Training and Services. “We are very pleased that our long-standing customers continue to select CAE as their FFS partner of choice and that new airlines and OEMs are turning to CAE for the first time.”
CAE also announced a batch of military contracts totaling approximately 130 million Canadian dollars ($128 million) from the armed services of Australia, Kuwait and the United States.
Under a US foreign military sales (FMS) contract, CAE will develop an avionics maintenance trainer and weapons load trainer (AMT/WLT) for the Sikorsky MH-60R helicopter for the Royal Australian Navy. CAE USA will be the prime contractor responsible for the design and manufacture of the AMT/WLT, which is scheduled for delivery in 2015 to shore station HMAS Albatross, near Nowra in New South Wales.
CAE USA has also been awarded an FMS contract by the US Army Corps of Engineers to construct a training facility for the Kuwait Air Force at Al Mubarak Air Base in the Arabian Gulf emirate. The twobay training facility will house a KC-130J full-mission simulator that CAE is currently under contract to design and manufacture for the Kuwaiti air arm.
The US Air Force, meanwhile, has placed a contract, plus options, for CAE to perform operations and maintenance support for KC-135 boom operator weapon systems trainers (BOWST).
The Air Force is acquiring new KC-135 BOWSTs to provide the tankers’ boom operators with increased synthetic training capabilities. CAE USA will incorporate the training devices into the overall KC-135 training programme and provide maintenance support for the equipment.
The initial contract for the first year of operations and maintenance is valued at more than $5 million, with annual KC-135 BOWST maintenance support contract options for the remaining seven years of the KC-135 ATS programme valued at approximately $50 million.