TORONTO --- CAE today announced that the U.S. Air Force (USAF) Air Combat Command has awarded the company a C$2.1 (US$1.3) million contract option. Under terms of the contract, CAE USA will provide courseware development and operator instruction for USAF crews of the RQ-1 Predator Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV).
This is the fourth one-year contract option awarded to CAE as part of a five-year contract. CAE personnel will provide instruction to Predator operators at Indian Springs Air Force Auxiliary Field, north of Las Vegas, Nevada. Crews will receive classroom instruction and simulated operator training before proceeding to actual operator training also provided by CAE.
The Predator is a medium-altitude reconnaissance vehicle that employs visual, infrared (IR), and synthetic aperture radar (SAR) for sensors. Imagery may be relayed in near real-time to the battlefield or any headquarters via satellite. The Predator is capable of flying 500 miles to a target area, orbiting for 24 hours, and returning to home base. The aircraft is normally controlled by up-linked data commands and it can be preprogrammed to execute missions autonomously. The aircraft is currently being used to support military operations as part of "Operation Enduring Freedom" in Afghanistan.
"The use of unmanned aerial vehicles is beginning to revolutionize how militaries conduct reconnaissance, combat, and other missions," said John Lenyo, President of CAE USA. "To effectively operate UAVs, pilots and sensor operators need effective training. We're pleased the Air Force has renewed this contract so we can continue to deliver quality training and instruction to the Predator crews who are at the forefront of operating this innovative aircraft."
CAE is the world's premier provider of simulation and control technologies for training and optimization solutions in Aerospace, Defense 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.
CAE Awarded Contract To Provide Predator UAV Operator Instruction