CAE to provide RPA training support services to UAE Air Force


CAE has been contracted to provide remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) training support services for personnel from UAE Air Force and Air Defence.

Valued at C$56m ($40.85m), the integrated training solution contract was awarded by the General Headquarters (GHQ) of the UAE.

CAE will provide academic, simulator and live flying training for the UAE Air Force's fleet of RPA systems over the next five years.

CAE Middle East/Asia-Pacific vice-president and general manager Ian Bell said: "Remotely piloted aircraft have been proven as an indispensable asset in modern combat operations and, like all platforms, they require skilled and proficient aircrew who are prepared for a range of missions.

"We are pleased the UAE has once again selected CAE as its training systems integrator and look forward to working closely with the UAE Air Force as we develop and deliver a world-class turnkey training solution for these unmanned systems."

The contract includes designing courseware and comprehensive curriculum for academic and classroom training, including fundamentals courses for RPA pilots and sensor operators.

"We look forward to working closely with the UAE Air Force as we develop and deliver a world-class turnkey training solution for these unmanned systems."

The company will also design courses specific to the UAE Air Force's medium-altitude long endurance (MALE) RPA platforms such as the General Atomics Predator family of RPAs.

CAE will help the UAE Air Force and Air Defence in establishing a training centre to conduct all RPA type conversion and mission training.

The company will also provide a full suite of synthetic training equipment, including desktop trainers, sensor operator trainers, unmanned aerial system mission trainers and high-fidelity, type-specific mission trainers, in support of the ground-based training system.

CAE instructors will also provide live flying instruction for UAE Air Force RPA aircrews, besides classroom and simulator training.

The Khalifa Bin Zayed Air College will develop an RPA Pilot Fundamentals training course and training instruction as part of the cadet curriculum, in support of CAE.

CAE Maritime Middle East will serve as the prime contractor and programme management company in Abu Dhabi.