MONTREAL --- The Canadian Department of National Defence has awarded CAE a five-year contract valued at more than C$3 million (US$2.3 million) to provide initial and recurrent training to CH-149 Cormorant helicopter aircrews at CAE’s Medium Support Helicopter Aircrew Training Facility (MSHATF) in the U.K.
Canadian Forces CH-149 aircrews from 1 Canadian Air Division (1CAD) fly the Cormorant helicopter for search and rescue (SAR) missions. The aircrews will train on the EH 101 Merlin, which is equivalent to the Canadian CH-149 Cormorant helicopter.
“Our training program is the result of close consultation between 1CAD and CAE to devise a tailored package of advanced flight simulation exercises,” said Lt. Col. Grant Smith, 1CAD Staff Officer responsible for Cormorant training. “This will provide cost-effective recurrent and initial type conversion training for our CH-149 search and rescue crews, and is expected to make a major contribution to the maintenance of flight safety and operational standards.”
CAE led a consortium which was contracted by the U.K. MoD to design, construct, manage, finance and operate an integrated simulator-based aircrew training facility at MSHATF. The purpose-built facility provides training to the Royal Air Force and third-party operators of AgustaWestland EH101 Merlin, Boeing CH-47 Chinook, and Eurocopter Puma helicopters. The MSHATF is equipped with six CAE-built dynamic mission simulators (three Chinook, two Merlin, and one Puma), four computer-based training classrooms, and a state-of-the-art tactical control center.
“We welcome the Canadian Forces’ commitment to establish a long-term training relationship with CAE,” said Brian Symes, managing director, CAE Aircrew Training Services plc. “This builds on the experience gained by 1CAD aircrews during the Cormorant initial cadre training at the MSHATF, and will enable the SAR aircrews to practice and rehearse mission-critical skills in a representative operational environment to ensure mission readiness.”
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.
Canadian CH-149 Cormorant Aircrews to Train with CAE