CAE’S RAF he­li­copter sim train­ing con­tract ex­tended

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The Min­istry of De­fence has signed an eight-year ex­ten­sion to its long-stand­ing sup­port he­li­copter syn­thetic train­ing con­tract with CAE, en­sur­ing train­ing con­ti­nu­ity un­til at least Oc­to­ber 2025. The £90 mil­lion-plus con­tract will con­tinue the work per­formed at the Medium Sup­port He­li­copter Air­crew Train­ing Fa­cil­ity (MSHATF) at RAF Ben­son in Ox­ford­shire, which has been in use since 1997. Un­der the ex­ten­sion agree­ment, CAE and its train­ing part­ner Serco will pro­vide in­struc­tion for the RAF’S Puma HC2 crews un­til the type’s sched­uled re­tire­ment in 2025, and for its CH-47 Chi­nook fleet.

The MSHATF cur­rently houses six dy­namic mis­sion sim­u­la­tors – three for the Chi­nook HC4/6, one for the Puma HC2 and two for the Leonardo AW101 Mer­lin HM3. Some 10,000 hours of train­ing ser­vices are de­liv­ered each year at Ben­son, with ad­di­tional cus­tomers who in­clude the Royal Cana­dian Air Force — which con­ducts some AW101 and Chi­nook train­ing at the site — and for Royal Dan­ish Air Force AW101 crews.

Odi­ham based RAF Chi­nook 2s pass Portsmouth Har­bour in for­ma­tion

Much of the train­ing will be fo­cussed on Chi­nook ops

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