Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, CAE provides modeling and simulation technologies, integrated training solutions and training system support services. The services and curriculum they provide are capable of meeting military customers and original equipment manufacturers training requirements. Various defense and government agencies in the USA, Central and South America have utilized CAE’s training services. In June 2015, CAE announced that CAE USA has been awarded a United States Army contract to provide comprehensive initial and recurrent training for more than 600 U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force fixed-wing pilots.
The contract is worth $29 million for the base period. There are six one-year options which can be extended until the end of September 2023. The total value of the contract is expected to be worth $200 million for the full eight years. The training program will provide all the training required for experienced Army rotary wing aviators to transition to flying fixed-wing aircraft. A new initial-entry fixed-wing training program will also be implemented. This will allow entry-level Army students to begin their career track into fixed-wing aircraft much sooner. It will also serve as a formal training unit for Army C-12/ RC-12 King Air recurrent training, as well as provide annual training to C-12 King Air pilots.
Construction on a new training center at the Dothan Regional Airport will begin immediately to support training activities. A state-of-the-art classroom with a full suite of training devices will be built. There will be two CAE 7000XR Series C-12 King Air full-flight simulators and two reconfigurable CAE Simfinity C-12 King Air integrated procedure trainers. Two other CAE 7000XR Series FFSs will be developed featuring the revolutionary roll-on/roll-off cockpit design. RORO enables cockpits representing various aircraft types to be used in the full-flight simulator. There will be four RORO cockpits representing various configurations of the C-12 King Air aircraft used by the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force. When the RORO cockpit is not installed in the simulator, they can be connected to a docking station and used as Level 6 equivalent flight training devices.
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