SW4 helicopter

CAE has been awarded a series of contracts to provide a range of training systems and services for multiple defence customers worldwide.

Valued at a combined C$140m ($124.7m), the contracts cover the supply of P-8A simulators to Boeing for the US Navy, an SW4 helicopter simulator for the Polish Air Force, and a range of training support services to the German Air Force.

Under the first contract, CAE will provide an SW-4 helicopter full-flight simulator to support modernised training program for air force cadets at the Polish Air Force School in Deblin, and computer-based training integrated with its learning management system.

The CAE 3000 Series SW-4 full-flight simulator will include the CAE True six degree-of-freedom (DOF) electric motion system and high-performance vibration platform, a high-fidelity CAE Medallion-6000 visual system with Common Database (CDB) architecture, advanced computer-generated forces tactical environment, and a direct projection 210° by 80°extreme field-of-view dome display system.

CAE is expected to work closely with the local Polish industry to design, develop and deliver the SW-4 training system in 2016, and ongoing support services following delivery.

CAE Defence and Security Group president Gene Colabatistto said, "Poland is a growth market in Europe with a range of opportunities for simulation-based solutions, so we are pleased the Polish Air Force selected CAE to develop a new helicopter simulator and look forward to addressing future requirements."

"CAE is expected to work closely with the local Polish industry to design, develop and deliver the SW-4 training system in 2016."

Awarded by Germany’s Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw), the second contract requires CAE to provide a range of on-site training support services for flight simulation equipment to the German Air Force.

Services will primarily be provided for Tornado, C-160 Transall, P-3C Orion, Mk-41 Sea King helicopter, and the German Forces’ pilot selection system.

In addition to this, the contract extends the training support services CAE provides along with partner companies for the Eurofighter training programme in Germany, to include the Wittmund airbase.

Image: A Polish Air Force’s PZL SW-4 helicopter prototype during the ILA 2002 in Berlin, Germany. Photo: courtesy of copyleft.

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