Canadian manufacturing company CAE has been awarded a contract by Australia's Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group to deliver comprehensive support and training services for the Royal Australian Air Force's (RAAF) three Hawk Mk127 training system.

Under the terms of the deal, CAE will be responsible for providing classroom and simulator instructors RAAF Base Williamtown, as well as maintenance and support services on the three CAE-developed Hawk Mk127 full-mission simulators.

Currently, two Hawk Mk127 simulators are being deployed at RAAF Base Williamtown in New South Wales and RAAF Base Pearce, in Bullsbrook, Western Australia, respectively, while the third will be delivered to RAAF Base Williamtown in the middle of this year.

"Our instructors will work closely with the RAAF to deliver high-quality academic and simulator training."

The two Hawk Mk127 simulators are undergoing final on-site testing and integration before they are ready-for-training, which is expected to be in May.

CAE Asia-Pacific / Middle East vice-president and general manager Ian Bell said: “We are excited to begin supporting the RAAF’s Hawk Mk127 lead-in fighter training programme that plays a vital role in preparing fast-jet aircrews for the RAAF's next-generation fighter aircraft.

“Our instructors will work closely with the RAAF to deliver high-quality academic and simulator training that will contribute to students receiving enhanced training as they prepare to fly fast jet aircraft.”

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The Hawk Mk127 simulators feature a replica of the Hawk Mk127 cockpit surrounded by an 11ft projection dome display, equipped with the CAE Medallion-6000 image generator and Boeing's constant resolution visual system.