MIRABEL, Quebec --- The Government of Canada announced today the award of the CF-18 Advanced Distributed Combat Training System (ADCTS) contract for a value of up to $270 million Cdn to Bombardier Aerospace, Military Aviation Training.
The cutting edge ADCTS technology will provide Canada’s CF18 pilots with world-class, cost-effective simulator training well into the future. Contract duration is eight years with provisions for two five-year options. The CF-18 ADCTS training will take place at two new purpose-designed Canadian Forces mission training facilities: 4 Wing Cold Lake, Alberta; and, 3 Wing Bagotville, Québec. Both modern facilities will house full mission trainers as well as deployable part-task trainers.
The CF-18 ADCTS will draw upon many of the core business capabilities of Bombardier Aerospace, Military Aviation Training and its sub-contractors.
These include training system integration, program management, individual and collective simulation training, distributed and networked training architectures, instruction, training system operations and maintenance as well as facility management. As a result, the Canadian Forces’ ability to maintain individual pilot and team combat capabilities for future CF-18 operations will be enhanced.
“This is excellent news,” said Mr. Zev Rosenzweig, Vice President, Bombardier Aerospace, Military Aviation Training. “We are particularly pleased with this win, as we faced strong and capable competition. It is clear that we offered the better value for Canada.”
“CF-18 ADCTS will add to our military aviation training successes in our internationally acclaimed NATO Flying Training in Canada (NFTC) program at Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan and Cold Lake, Alberta and the long established Contracted Flying Training and Support (CFTS) program at Southport, Manitoba,” Mr. Rosenzweig added. “The technologies inherent in ADCTS and the capabilities of our existing programs will position us to capture increasingly more sophisticated work in the pilot training arena.” Bombardier currently delivers or directly supports the training of all of Canada’s new military pilots through the CFTS and NFTC programs.
Bombardier Aerospace, Military Aviation Training – the Prime Contractor - and team member L-3 Communications, Link Simulation & Training, along with other Canadian and US industry leaders represent a solid team. L-3 Communications, Link Simulation & Training, has unmatched F/A-18 training system experience and currently leads the market in this field. The Bombardier team has the project integration and management experience, engineering depth and practical operational training expertise to fully meet the CF-18 ADCTS program requirements. A full two-thirds of the total project’s work will be performed in Canada. This includes: integration and management of the ADCTS training system, infrastructure, simulator instruction and through life system support.
In a related development, Bombardier Inc. announced that the sale of its Military Aviation Training business has been halted because the offers received did not, in the Corporation’s opinion, reflect the true value of the business. Military Aviation Training will therefore remain a business unit of Bombardier Aerospace.
Bombardier Wins CF-18 Advanced Distributed Combat Training System Contract