Globally renowned training and simulation specialist CAE (Stand 01-B01) is no stranger here in the Emirates, and has its regional office in Abu Dhabi. Recently announced projects being undertaken in the Emirates include a major new naval training centre for the UAE Navy at Taweelah, the first phase of which is scheduled to be completed by early 2019.
Subsequent developments will add distributed training sites, as well as networking with vessels at sea and in port. The work is being contracted through CAE’s locally-based company, CAE Maritime Middle East.
Contracts announced last year covered the provision of a training system for the NorthStar 407MRH helicopter, with the system to be delivered to the UAE Joint Aviation Command (JAC) in early 2018, and another covering the provision of a simulator for the UH-60M Armed Black Hawk. This is a CAE Series 3000 full-motion, full-mission system due for delivery to the JAC in late 2018.
Elsewhere in the region CAE has installed a full-mission simulator for the Lockheed Martin C-130J at the Kuwait Air Force’s new training centre at Al Mubarak air base. The centre began training activities early last year. In late 2015 a full-mission simulator for the Airbus Defence and Space C295 began operations at Al Musannah air base to deliver training to the Royal Air Force of Oman.
The simulator has imagery driven by the CAE Medallion-6000 generator.
CAE also provides support to original equipment manufacturers in the region with training devices, such as procedures and part-task trainers for the Airbus Defence and Space A330 MRTT tanker/transports flown by the air forces of the UAE and Saudi Arabia. In the latter nation CAE has also provided a range of synthetic training systems for the BAE Systems Hawk.
One area in which CAE is seeing increased opportunities is that of remotely piloted aircraft systems.
For some time, CAE has trained operators for the US Air Force’s Predator/ Reaper fleet, and is also contracted in Italy, where a simulator is to be installed this spring.
As a partner of General Atomics, CAE is also involved in proposals to a number of prospective Predator/ Predator B customers, including Australia and Canada (Project Justice), while it is also bidding to provide training for the UK’s new Protector (Certifiable Predator B) fleet.
The company also sees an opportunity here in the UAE, which has acquired the General Atomics RQ-1E Predator XP.