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CAE To Upgrade Aussie Simulators (Dec. 6)



TORONTO---CAE today announced it has been awarded several upgrade and support contracts worth more than C$6 million for enhancements to the Royal Australian Air Force's (RAAF) C-130J and C-130H simulators as well as the Australian Army's S-70A-9 Black Hawk simulator and Royal Australian Navy (RAN) S-70B-2 Seahawk simulator.

CAE will upgrade the RAAF's C-130J full mission simulator with Block 5.3 software, which will ensure concurrency with the aircraft's latest suite of avionics and mission software. The Block 5.3 avionics system gives C-130J crews the ability to fly integrated precision radar approaches and greatly enhanced navigational capabilities. CAE will also provide a spare parts package to the RAAF for both the C-130J and C-130H simulators. The RAAF began training on the CAE-built C-130J simulator earlier this year. The CAE-built C-130H simulator will be ready for training in February 2002.

For the Army S-70A-9 Black Hawk Full Flight and Mission Simulator, CAE will upgrade the cockpit to ensure the simulator cockpit is identical to the current fleet of Australian Black Hawk helicopters. In addition, CAE will add a stimulated night vision goggle training capability to the simulator as well as enhance the facility computer systems and instructor brief/debrief stations located at the Army Aviation Training Center, Oakey. The CAE-built Black Hawk simulator will be ready for training in April 2002.

For the RAN S-70B-2 Seahawk Flight and Mission Simulator, CAE has just completed a supportability and risk assessment study on the 10-year old simulator. The study will provide the RAN with valuable data for future supportability and upgrade decisions to ensure that the simulator continues to meet the Navy's operational requirements. CAE provides maintenance and engineering support for the Seahawk simulator at HMAS Albatross, Nowra.

"One of CAE's strengths is our ability to offer comprehensive training support services such as engineering updates and simulator maintenance on equipment that we've manufactured or third-party devices," said Alan Johnson, General Manager of CAE's Military Simulation and Training operation in Australia. "We're committed to supporting the training devices that play a key role in helping the Australian Forces maintain mission readiness."

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 approximately 7,000 people and has revenues in excess of C$1 billion.

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CAE to Upgrade Australian C-130 and S-70 Simulators