CAE has been awarded a contract to perform a visual system update on the Royal Canadian Air Force’s CP-140 full-flight simulator (FFS). The upgrade will include the latest generation CAE Medallion-6000 image generator and a new display system. In addition, CAE will be implementing the Common Database architecture capability on the CP-140 FFS to enhance the RCAF’s ability to correlate, re-use, and rapidly update databases to support training and mission rehearsal requirements.
“The visual system update for the CP-140 simulator will provide the (RCAF) with enhanced capabilities and flexibility in addressing their CP-140 training requirements,” said Mike Greenley, vice president and general manager for CAE Canada in a press release. “The RCAF is increasingly leveraging synthetic training to accomplish a greater portion of their overall training, and the new visual system combined with the Common Database capability will help offload training from operational aircraft and reduce training costs.”
The contract is one of three valued at approximately $115 million the company recently received. The others include continued aircrew training to the US Air Force for the MQ-1 Predator/MQ-9 Reaper and design and manufacturing of a UH-72A flight training device for the US Army.
The USAF opted to exercise an option for a second year of MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft aircrew training services and courseware development that includes classroom, simulator and live flying instruction for more than 1,500 pilots and sensor operators four airbases across the US.
Awarded to CAE by Airbus Defense and Space, the design and manufacture a new UH-72A Lakota synthetic flight training system is the second such project the company is building for the US Army. The UH-72A SFTS is scheduled for delivery to U.S. Army’s Aviation Center of Excellence at Ft. Rucker, Alabama in the summer of 2015.