KC-135 Stratotanker

CAE has been awarded a series of military contracts, worth a combined $200m, to support air forces in the US, Kuwait and an undisclosed Asian nation.

The contracts cover the development of a KC-130J tanker full-mission simulator and the delivery of training services to the three air forces.

CAE Military Products, Training and Services Group president, Gene Colabatistto, said defence forces in the Middle East and Asia region are looking to leverage simulation-based training for more of their training requirements.

Under the first foreign military sale (FMS) contract, awarded by the US Navy, the company will design, manufacture and deliver a KC-130J full-mission simulator to the Kuwait Air Force (KAF).

The European Aviation Safety Agency’s (EASA) Level D certified simulator will be equipped with the CAE True electric motion system, Medallion-6000 image generator and common database (CDB) architecture to facilitate real-time mission training and rehearsal capabilities.

CAE USA president and general manager, John Lenyo, said: "This KC-130J full-mission simulator will support initial, recurrent and mission training in-country for Kuwaiti KC-130J aircrews, and importantly, enable the Kuwait Air Force to focus their fleet of KC-130J aircraft on operational requirements."

Delivery to KAF’s Al Mubarak Air Base near Kuwait International Airport is scheduled to take place in 2015.

As part of the third contract extension with US Air Force (USAF), CAE USA will continue delivery of classroom and simulator instruction, upgrades, maintenance, and support services for all KC-135 Stratotanker aircrew training systems (ATS).

Under separate contract modifications, the company will also support training system updates arising due to the Block 45 upgrade of the KC-135 aircraft, apart from upgrading the aircraft’s operational flight trainers through addition of CAE Flightscape’s Insight software that improves personnel training.

For the Asian military customer, the company will deliver a wide range of helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft training for the next 25 years.

Image: A USAF KC-135R Stratotanker refuelling an F-15 Eagle aircraft. Photo: courtesy of Tech. Sgt. Angelique Perez, USAF.