CAE has secured a contract for the production and delivery of the Hawk Mk127 full-mission simulators for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).
The unspecified contract was awarded by BAE Systems under the comprehensive upgrade and training systems support package the company is providing to the RAAF as part of the Project AIR5438 programme.
According to the contract, CAE will design and develop three Hawk Mk127 full-mission simulators, each featuring a high-fidelity replica of the Hawk cockpit surrounded by an 11ft projection dome display comprising the CAE Medallion-6000 image generator and Boeing’s constant resolution visual system.
Royal Australian Air Force Tactical Fighter Systems Program Office group captain and commanding officer Daniel Reid said the upgrade of the Hawk aircraft and support systems represents the key to ensuring the ongoing effectiveness of the training capability required to prepare RAAF fast jet aircrews for future generations of fighter aircraft.
Reid said: "With increasing dependency on simulation in this environment, it is essential that students are exposed to state-of-the-art simulation from the time they commence flying fast jet aircraft.
"The new Hawk simulators will have the latest visual technology and will be qualified for use, lessening the reliance on airborne training events and providing additional training capacity for the Hawk fleet.”
CAE Australia managing director Peter Redman said, "The Australian Defence Forces fully understand the benefits of simulation-based training, and the increased use of high-fidelity training devices such as these Hawk simulators will deliver excellent value and enhanced training capabilities."
The simulators will also be fitted with CAE’s common database (CDB), which improves the ability to correlate and rapidly update databases to support training and mission rehearsal requirements.
Delivery of the simulators to RAAF Base Williamtown and RAAF Base Pearce is scheduled to take place in 2016 and 2017 respectively.
Image: A Hawk Mk.127 lead-in fighter aircraft of RAAF’s No. 79 Squadron. Photo: courtesy of Gsl.