CAE subcontracts Rockwell for French Air Force’s FOMEDEC programme


CAE has subcontracted Rockwell Collins to deliver visual display systems for the French Air Force’s Formation Modernisée et Entrainement Différencié des Equipages de Chasse (FOMEDEC) programme.

FOMEDEC is the French training programme that seeks to train future French Air Force fighter pilots and weapon systems officers.

CAE was originally awarded a contract by Babcock France in January to support pilot training for the French Air Force.

Under the subcontract, Rockwell will supply two Spectraview visual display systems for integration on the French Air Force’s Pilatus PC-21 simulators.

CAE will integrate the systems into its facility in Montreal, Canada, with the final installation in France.

The deal also covers providing training for maintaining and operating the systems, as well as spares.

Rockwell Collins Canada managing director Lee Obst said: “This collaborative international programme taps into the strengths of each team member and will provide French Air Force pilots with a highly realistic and reliable training environment to prepare them for any mission.”

The SpectraView systems have been designed to support a variety of training requirements, by providing cost-effective, scalable and flexible options to satisfy single, tandem, and side-by-side seating configurations.

"This collaborative international programme taps into the strengths of each team member and will provide French Air Force pilots with a highly realistic and reliable training environment to prepare them for any mission."

These systems are available in both standard and customised configurations to meet specific training needs.

The SpectraView visual display system has up to 320° horizontal and 140° vertical fields of view.

It can meet any training need, including air, ground and sea applications such as call-for-fire, forward air controller, shipboard, and other military and commercial uses.

Babcock France and its partner Dassault Aviation will provide the French Air Force with a comprehensive pilot training solution, including Pilatus PC-21 aircraft, ground-based training system, and long-term training support services.


Image: Rockwell Collins will provide a visual display system for the Pilatus PC-21 simulators. Photo: courtesy of Rockwell Collins.