Predator UAV

The US Air Force (USAF) has awarded a contract to CAE to provide comprehensive Predator and Reaper remotely-piloted aircraft (RPA) aircrew training services.

Under the $20m firm-fixed-price contract, CAE will provide classroom, simulator, and live flying instruction as well as courseware development in support of the USAF’s General Atomics-built MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) training programmes.

Fully-qualified instructional staff will also be provided by the company to conduct academic and live flying instruction at Holloman Air Force Base (AFB), New Mexico; Creech AFB, Nevada; March Air Reserve Base, California and Hancock Field Air National Guard Base, New York, US.

"The contract has a one-year base year and approximately four one-year options, which if exercised would bring the total value of the contract to $100m."

The contract also includes implementation of a new learning content management system as well as courseware development services, primarily at the formal training schoolhouse located at Holloman AFB.

The training for MQ-1/MQ-9 Predator/Reaper aircrews will be received for initial qualification, refresher/recurrent training and instructor qualification.

CAE USA president and general manager Ray Duquette said, "We are pleased the US Air Force has recognised CAE USA’s aircrew training services expertise and capabilities, and we look forward to supporting the combat readiness for the USAF’s Air Combat Command Predator and Reaper aircrews."

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Featuring significant loiter time, a wide-range of sensors, multi-mode communications suite, and precision weapons, the MQ-1 Predator and the MQ-9 Reaper UAVs have been designed to conduct coordination, reconnaissance and strike missions against high-value, fleeting and time-sensitive targets.

Scheduled to be completed by 30 September 2018, the contract has a one-year base year and approximately four one-year options, which if exercised would bring the total value of the contract to $100m.

The Air Combat Command, Acquisition Management & Integration Center/PKB, Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, US will serve as the contracting activity.

Image: A USAF’s MQ-1 Predator UAV conducting mission. Photo: courtesy of file image.