CAE has good sim­u­la­tor sales

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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.

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