CAE signs RCAF, US Army training contracts worth $1B

Canadian deal modifies, extends NATO Flying Training program to 2023.

First CAE US Army UH-72A flight simulator at Fort Rucker.
Photo: CAE

MONTREAL — CAE has signed two long-term training services contracts with the United States Army and the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). The combined value of the contracts is more than $1 billion, including options.

The Montreal-based manufacturer of flight simulation technology and provider of training services said the RCAF contract is a modification and extension to 2023 of the NATO Flying Training in Canada (NFTC) program.

CAE provides ground-school classroom and simulator training, and supports the live flying training of military pilots in Moose Jaw and Cold Lake, Alta. New capabilities will be added and CAE will also perform a range of upgrades to the training system and aircraft over the next several years.

The $450 million CAE USA contract is for rotary-wing flight training classroom, simulator, and live flying instructor support services for one year with eight one-year options until 2026.

Training is delivered at the US Army’s Aviation Center of Excellence (USAACE) at Fort Rucker, Ala.

The program provides training to qualify new Army helicopter pilots.

In a year, approximately 900 students receive academic (classroom), simulator, and live flying training on TH-67 Creek and UH-72 Lakota helicopters.

Following graduation, aviators are assigned to continue helicopter training on one of the Army’s frontline combat helicopters (UH-60 Black Hawk, AH-64 Apache, or CH-47 Chinook) or transition to the Army fixed-wing flight training program that is also run by CAE.

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