CAE has been awarded a contract for delivery of a T-6C ground-based training system (GBTS) to the Mexican Air Force (FAM).
Awarded by Beechcraft, the contract is part of a series of contracts, having a combined value of more than C$110m ($101.8m) to supply a range of training systems and services to multiple defence customers.
Under the contract, the company will develop and deliver a comprehensive T-6C GBTS to FAM’s Zopapan Air Base near Guadalajara, Mexico.
CAE Defence and Security Group president Gene Colabatistto said the company has a skilled and experienced training systems integrator with the proven capability to deliver comprehensive, integrated training solutions.
”We are encouraged by the pipeline of global opportunities we have in front of us in both the traditional defence market as well as adjacencies such as public safety and security," Colabatistto said.
Featuring a T-6C operational flight trainer (OFT), computer-based classroom training systems and courseware, the GBTS forms part of an overall training solution Beechcraft is supplying to FAM that includes 12 T-6C+ military trainer aircraft.
The T-6C OFT will feature a high-fidelity replica of the T-6C cockpit, with a fully-enclosed 270° by 70° field-of-view display system driven by the CAE Medallion-6000 image generator.
Equipped with the CAE-developed common database (CDB), the T-6C OFT will support night-vision goggle (NGV) training, and is designed with the latest technologies to support training that progresses to fourth and fifth generation lead-in trainer and fighter platforms.
Delivery is scheduled to take place in 2015.
An upgraded variant of the Hawker T-6 military trainer aircraft used by the US Air Force (USAF) and Navy, the T-6C+ is designed to carry external stores and deliver practice weapons for training purposes.
The contracts also include a new programme to provide Beechcraft T-44C aircrew training for the US Navy and a foreign military sale (FMS) order for the supply of an MH-60R Seahawk helicopter simulator to the Royal Danish Navy.
Image: A T-6C military trainer aircraft in flight. Photo: © Beechcraft Corporation.