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CAE Wins US$40M for U.S. Navy Helicopter Simulators

TAMPA, Fla. --- CAE USA has won a competitive procurement to design and manufacture MH-60R and SH-60B tactical operational flight trainers (TOFTs) for the United States Navy.

The initial contract, valued at approximately US$40 million (C$45 million), calls for CAE to develop one MH-60R TOFT and one SH-60B TOFT for these U.S. Navy helicopters. Contract options to design and manufacture two additional MH-60R TOFTs could bring the total value of the contract to more than US$82 million (C$93 million).

“CAE’s unmatched helicopter simulation experience and technology combined with our proven program performance over the past two years on the MH-60S training systems contributed to this critical win on the Navy’s MH-60R program,” said John Lenyo, President and General Manager, CAE USA. “We are pleased the Navy has once again placed its confidence in CAE and look forward to continuing as the U.S. Navy’s rotary-wing training partner for years to come.”

The MH-60R TOFT will be delivered to Naval Station (NS) Mayport, Florida in late 2008 while the SH-60B TOFT will be delivered to Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii in spring 2009. A TOFT consists of two training devices – the Operational Flight Trainer (OFT) used to train the pilot and co-pilot, and the Weapons Tactics Trainer (WTT) used to train the sensor operators and rear-crew. When networked together, the OFT and WTT form the Tactical Operational Flight Trainer that provides a total aircrew mission training solution. The MH-60R and SH-60B TOFTs will also be able to network with other Navy training assets to provide distributed mission training.

CAE USA is also the prime contractor on the Navy’s MH-60S helicopter training program. Since June 2004, the U.S. Navy has contracted CAE to design and manufacture four MH-60S TOFTs and four MH-60S WTTs, with the first TOFT delivered on-time and declared ready-for-training at Naval Air Station Norfolk earlier this year.

The MH-60R Seahawk is the Navy’s new multi-mission helicopter to be used for anti-submarine warfare and surface attack. It will replace the Navy’s legacy SH-60F and SH-60B helicopter. The MH-60R and MH-60S form the cornerstone of the Navy’s Helicopter Master Plan with both helicopters sharing a common cockpit and technology. The Navy plans to procure 254 MH-60R helicopters and 271 MH-60S helicopters through 2015.

This contract was awarded by the Naval Air Systems Command out of Orlando, Florida, (NAVAIR-Orlando) under the U.S Navy Training Systems Contract (TSC II). NAVAIR provides advanced warfare technologies through the efforts of a seamless, integrated, worldwide network of aviation technology experts. From aircraft and weapons development to carrier launch and recovery; from sensors to real-time communications to precision targeting; from aircraft and weapons sustainment to state-of-the-art training; NAVAIR provides dominant combat effects and matchless capabilities to the American warfighter.

CAE is a world-leading provider of simulation and modelling technologies for civil aviation and military customers. With annual revenues of more than C$1 billion, the company operates in 19 countries around the world. CAE has sold nearly 700 simulators and training devices to airlines, aircraft manufacturers, training centres and defence forces for air and ground purposes in more than 40 countries.

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CAE Wins US$40 Million Contract For U.S. Navy MH-60R and SH-60B Helicopter Simulators