Airbus awards CAE $200M contract for RCAF search and rescue aircraft

Includes training facility in BC and options that could raise the value to $300 million.

Artist rendering of the CAE C295W fixed wing search and rescue training facility in BC. Illustration: CAE

MONTREAL — Airbus Defence and Space has awarded CAE a contract for C295W aircrew and maintenance training to support the Royal Canadian Air Force’s (RCAF) Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue (FWSAR) program.

The Montreal-based manufacturer of aerospace simulators and provider of training systems said the 11-year, $200 million contract includes options to extend an additional 15 years that would take the value to more than $300 million.

The Airbus C295W was selected by the Government of Canada as its new FWSAR platform and the French aerospace company will provide 16 aircraft modified for search and rescue.

Training systems and services are divided into three phases. During the acquisition and development phase over the next three years, CAE will lead the design and building of a new training centre facility in Comox, BC. The training centre will house a suite of CAE-built training devices, including: a full-flight simulator (FFS); a cockpit procedures trainer; a sensor station simulator used for rear-crew training; an operational mission simulator to support networking; eight mission procedures trainers; an aircraft maintenance trainer; a cockpit systems part-task trainer; and 10 classrooms featuring CAE Simfinity C295W virtual maintenance trainer stations.

The facility is to be operational by late 2019, when phase two of the contract will commence with CAE leading a three-year in-service support (ISS) transition period for the C295W aircrew and maintenance training program.

Phase three follows with the 20-year in-service support phase, which is divided into a base five-year ISS contract with three additional five-year options.

CAE will provide a range of training services, including: training device upgrades and maintenance; hardware and software engineering; courseware updates; technology insertion and obsolescence management; other in-service support services; and academic and simulator instructors.

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