The U.S. armed forces have awarded CAE of Canada, a producer of aviation simulators, contracts to upgrade aviation simulators.
The contracts include the development of two multi-crew simulators for a new undergraduate program of the U.S. Navy and to provide a range of upgrades to U.S. Air Force operational flight trainers (OFTs), CAE says.
The Navy contract is for the development of two undergraduate military flight officer (UMFO) multi-crew simulators (MCS), CAE say. Those simulators—based on CAE’s existing mission crew trainer and tactical mission trainer products—are to be used by the Navy to provide student flight officers with the knowledge and skills required to function in a joint, network-centric warfare environment, the firm says. The MCS is to be used to train student flight officers in command and control, electronic warfare, navigation, sensor operations and weapons employment.
The Air Force contract is for CAE to provide a range of upgrades to 11 KC-135 OFTs that will enhance simulator reliability and maintainability, as well as ensure concurrency with the actual aircraft, according to the company.