CAE has agreed to continue providing aircrew training services for the British Royal Air Force (RAF) and the Royal Navy at its Medium Support Helicopter Aircrew Training Facility (MSHATF).
Under the contract amendment with the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD), synthetic training will be provided to the RAF’s Support Helicopter Force and Royal Navy Commando Helicopter Force involving the CH-47 Chinook, Puma and AW101 Merlin Mk3 fleets.
The training will continue as the RAF expands its Chinook fleet and the Royal Navy transitions the Merlin fleet from the Mk3 to the Mk4.
CAE will continue Puma training until at least 2025 and Merlin Mk3 training for at least two more years.
MoD Defence Equipment and Support Air Support director Adrian Baguley said: “The importance of effective synthetic training cannot be underestimated and continues to play an increasingly important role in our overall training curriculum.
“The MSHATF has consistently delivered a high standard of quality to the operators of our front line helicopter capabilities.
“This agreement continues to maintain the world-leading ground school and simulator training facility for our helicopter aircrews.”
Owned and operated by CAE Aircrew Training Services at RAF Benson, MSHATF is a purpose-built facility that provides training to the RAF and Royal Navy crews of the UK Joint Helicopter Command.
The MSHATF features six CAE-built dynamic mission simulators, four computer-based ground school training classrooms and a Tactical Control Centre that facilitates the delivery of highly complex operational mission training.
CAE also provides training to third-party operators of the Boeing CH-47 Chinook, Leonardo Helicopters AW101 Merlin, and Airbus Helicopters Puma.