CAE’S RAF helicopter sim training contract extended
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