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CAE To Upgrade Army Apache Simulators (July 22)

TORONTO --- Two additional U.S. Army AH-64A Apache combat mission simulators (CMS) will be upgraded by CAE under a U.S. Army Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO-STRI) contract valued at more than C$13 million (US$9.5 million).

The Apache simulators will be upgraded with CAE's Medallion-S visual system, and also get new instructor operator stations and other upgraded computer systems. The Apache CMS at the Western Army Aviation Training Site in Marana, Arizona, will be ready for training in September 2004, while the Apache CMS at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky, will be ready for training in January 2005. As part of the Apache CMS upgrade program, CAE and Northrop Grumman Mission Systems (NGMS), the prime contractor on the program, have already upgraded two simulators, one in Hanau, Germany, and the other at Ft. Rucker, Alabama.

As we experienced while preparing for Operation Iraqi Freedom, high fidelity and realistic visual cues play an important role in training our war fighters, said Mike Younce, project director, PEO-STRI, U.S. Army. CAE's Medallion visual system has proven to be a very capable technology for helping our Apache pilots prepare for combat.

Shortly after Operation Iraqi Freedom began, the Army identified brownout training for Apache pilots as an immediate requirement. A brownout results from the swirling sands and debris caused by rotor downwash, which diminishes pilot visibility and orientation. CAE and NGMS quickly incorporated this critical training capability on the Apache CMS located at the Fliegerhorst Army base in Hanau, Germany. The upgraded Apache simulators will be fielded with the brownout training as well as other enhanced capabilities.

CAE's Medallion-S is a highly scalable system featuring a modular, open architecture that sets a new standard for its integration of commercial-off- the-shelf components. The flexibility of CAE Medallion-S is derived from its unique graphics architecture that links multiple graphics processing units (GPUs) in parallel, thus providing increasingly dramatic levels of performance by using up to 16 GPUs per image generator channel.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a $25 billion global defense company, headquartered in Los Angeles, Calif. Northrop Grumman provides technologically advanced, innovative products, services and solutions in systems integration, defense electronics, information technology, advanced aircraft, shipbuilding and space technology. With approximately 120,000 employees and operations in all 50 states and 37 countries, Northrop Grumman serves U.S. and international military, government and commercial customers.

CAE is a leading provider of integrated training solutions and advanced simulation and controls technologies to military, civil aviation and marine customers. The company generates annual revenues in excess of C$1 billion and employs more than 6,000 people in Canada, the United States and around the globe.

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CAE To Upgrade U.S. Army Apache Simulators