CAE to supply CF-18 simulators for RCAF

11 June 2012 (Last Updated June 11th, 2012 18:30)

CAE has been awarded a series of military contracts for the production and supply of a suite of fixed wing training devices for the Royal Canadian Air Force's (RCAF) fleet of CF-18 Hornet fighter aircraft.

CF-18 Hornet fighter

CAE has been awarded a series of military contracts for the production and supply of a suite of fixed wing training devices for the Royal Canadian Air Force’s (RCAF) fleet of CF-18 Hornet fighter aircraft.

Under the contracts, worth more than C$110m, CAE will deliver fixed wing advanced jet trainer aircraft simulators and training devices to meet the air force’s future aircrew training requirements.

CAE will also supply integrated procedures trainers, an egress training device, an ejection seat training device, as well as a range of brief/debrief systems.

CAE Military Products, Training and Services Group president, Gene Colabatistto, said the company already supplies a range of training solutions to the defence forces of more than 50 nations worldwide.

"Our customer base continues to grow as defence forces expand their use of synthetic training in order to reduce cost. CAE’s advanced simulation solutions offer the ability to practice and rehearse dangerous mission scenarios safely," Colabatistto said.

The company will also supply in-service support for the aircraft fleet, as part of a one-year contract renewal by L-3 MAS, the CF-18 in-service support programme’s prime contractor since 1986.

Support services including avionics software upgrades, integrated logistics support and data management services will be provided by CAE, which has been performing systems engineering support services for the CF-18 fleet for more than 25 years.

According to the company, the intended simulator for RCAF fleet will feature a high-fidelity replica of the cockpit surrounded by an 11ft front projection dome display.

The twin-engined CF-18 Hornet is a multi-role tactical aircraft designed to support air defence, air superiority, tactical support, training, aerobatic demonstration, aerospace testing and evaluation missions in all weather conditions.

CF-18s have been deployed by the RCAF to support NORAD air sovereignty patrols, for combat during the Gulf War in 1991, the Kosovo War in the late 1990s, and also as the Canadian contribution to the international Libyan no-fly zone in 2011.


Image: RCAF’s CF-18 Hornet fighter during 2009 Bagotville International Airshow in Quebec, Canada. Photo: courtesy of Patcard.