TORONTO---CAE today announced the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) has signed a 15-year contract worth over C$30 million to train its CH-47D Chinook helicopter aircrews at CAE's Medium Support Helicopter Aircrew Training Facility (MSHATF) in the U.K.
The RNLAF will begin training at CAE's facility, located at the Royal Air Force (RAF) base at Benson, in early 2003, following CAE's upgrade of the CH-47D simulators to ensure concurrency with the RNLAF's fleet of Chinook helicopters.
The MSHATF is owned and operated by CAE under a Private Finance Initiative (PFI) contract with the U.K. Ministry of Defence. The purpose-built facility provides training to the RAF and third-party customers on the Eurocopter Puma, Boeing CH-47 Chinook, and AgustaWestland EH-101 Merlin helicopters. The MSHATF is equipped with six CAE-built full mission simulators, four computer-based training classrooms, and a state-of-the-art tactical control centre.
The RNLAF is the second third-party customer for CAE's facility at RAF Benson, following an agreement last year for Canadian Air Force pilots to receive EH-101 training at the MSHATF.
"CAE's facility at RAF Benson is the most advanced of its type in the world and is attracting considerable attention from a range of military and civil operators," said Donald W. Campbell, Executive Vice President, CAE Military Simulation and Training. "The decision of the Royal Netherlands Air Force to train with CAE supports our strategy to offer turnkey training services tailored to customer requirements."
CAE is the world's premier provider of simulation and control technologies for training and optimisation solutions in Aerospace, Defence and Forestry. Headquartered in Canada and operating globally, the company employs more than 7,000 people and has revenues in excess of C$1 billion.
Royal Netherlands Air Force to train at CAE's Medium Support Helicopter Aircrew Training Facility