CAE simulator orders from Airbus and Eurocopter
CAE today announced a series of military contracts with prime contractors and other military customers valued at more than C$100 million. Key customers include Eurocopter, Airbus Military and L-3 Communications.
CAE has been awarded a contract by Eurocopter to perform major upgrades on two CAE-built CH-53 full-mission simulators operated at the German Army Aviation School at Buckeburg. Eurocopter will be upgrading 40 CH-53 helicopters for the German Army with new avionics, communications systems, night vision capabilities, and other new functionalities. As part of the CH-53 helicopter upgrade program, Eurocopter has contracted CAE to perform the simulator upgrades that will ensure concurrency with the operational helicopters and the training systems. Specifically, CAE will design and manufacture new CH-53 simulator cockpits, add the latest CAE Medallion-6000 image generator, upgrade the instructor operator stations, and perform a range of other enhancements. The CH-53 simulator upgrades for the German Army Aviation School are expected to be complete by the end of 2011.
CAE has won contracts from prime contractor Airbus Military to provide A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) training devices to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF). CAE will design and manufacture an A330 MRTT part-task trainer and CAE Simfinity integrated procedures trainer for each customer. CAE is currently developing similar training devices for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), as well as designing and manufacturing an A330 MRTT full-mission simulator for the RAAF program.