CAE has secured a contract to support the US Air Force’s (USAF) Distributed Training Center Network’s (DTCN) mobility air force distributed mission operations.

Under the terms of the contract awarded under KC -135 aircrew training system (ATS) programme, the company will provide upgrade to a range of aircrew training devices such as KC-135 operational flight trainers (OFTs) and KC-135 boom operator weapon systems trainers (BOWST) so they can be used for MAF DMO training.

The company will implement a comprehensive cybersecurity policy across the KC-135 ATS.

"The addition of the KC-135 pilot and boom operator flight simulators are a critical piece of our overall MAF DMO and virtual air refuelling effort."

Additionally, the company will ensure that the training centre facilities located at Scott Air Force Base (AFB), March Air Reserve Base (ARB), Fairchild AFB, MacDill AFB, Seymour Johnson AFB, and Grissom ARB that house KC-135 aircrew training devices meet the required physical security and cyber security standards established by the US Department of Defense (DoD).

USAF Air Mobility Command KC-135 Aircrew Training System manager Clifford Sanchez said: "Our objective for the mobility air force distributed mission operations initiative is to enhance our live, virtual and constructive training so that we can train in a secure and networked environment across our mobility platforms and the broader USAF, as well as joint and coalition training exercises.

"We are systematically increasing our virtual training capabilities and the addition of the KC-135 pilot and boom operator flight simulators are a critical piece of our overall MAF DMO and virtual air refuelling effort."

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The upgrade is expected to help the USAF increase its capability for virtual air refuelling and air refuelling formation training over a secure network.

Image: Six KC-135 Stratotankers demonstrate the elephant walk formation. Photo: courtesy of US Air Force photo / Airman 1st Class Laura Suttles.