CAE has been subcontracted to deliver a comprehensive training solution for the Qatar Emiri Air Force’s (QEAF) NH90 multi-role military helicopter.
Valued at more than C$150m ($114.56m), the subcontract has been awarded by Leonardo Helicopters.
Under the contract, CAE will be responsible for providing training centre facility, a range of simulators and training devices, and training support services for the QEAF’s NH90 aircraft fleet.
This month, the QEAF signed a contract with Leonardo Helicopters to purchase a fleet of 28 NH90 helicopters, with 16 aircraft of the tactical transport helicopter (TTH) configuration and the remaining 12 will be of the Nato frigate helicopter (NFH) type.
CAE Middle East / Asia-Pacific vice-president and general manager Ian Bell said: “We are honoured to serve as the training systems integrator to lead the overall design and development of a comprehensive training solution for QEAF NH90 helicopters.
“We will leverage our unmatched helicopter training and simulation experience to deliver a world-class training solution that cost-effectively prepares Qatar’s NH90 pilots, aircrews, and maintenance technicians for mission success.”
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In addition, the company will lead design and construction of a new training centre in Qatar that will accommodate a wide range of training devices such as CAE 3000 Series NH90 TTH full-mission simulator, CAE 3000 Series NH90 NFH full-mission simulator, and an NH90 virtual maintenance training system (VMT) classroom.
The facility will also include NH90 NFH rear-crew trainer for training tactical coordinators (TACCO) and sensor operators and CAE Simfinity NH90 integrated procedures trainers for the TTH and NFH configurations, in addition to NH90 winch and door gunner trainer.
The training centre facility and NH90 training devices will be delivered in 2021, with CAE then able to provide training support services, including classroom and simulator instructors.
In addition, the company will design and build a tactical control centre that will help manage networked mission training exercises.