Training expertise for Canada [CANSEC2016D2]

26 May 2016

Canada’s CAE (Booth 1611) has a global footprint and has become a world-renowned name for training and simulation excellence. As the military looks more to integrated training systems, CAE has expanded its capabilities to meet the needs for increasingly cost-efficient training.

Nowhere is this more apparent than in the ‘home’ market in Canada. The Royal Canadian Air Force, in particular, is working towards a 2025 vision for a fully integrated simulator-based system with distributed, networked training centres. This would allow fleet-wide multi-platform exercises to be performed. CAE is expecting a similar approach to be adopted by the navy.

CAE has continued to expand its activities in Canada. Last October the company completed its takeover of the NATO Flying Training in Canada (NFTC) operation, which recently passed 350,000 flight hours in the CT‑155 Hawk (110,000 hours) and CT‑156 Harvard II (240,000 hours) trainers.

The company also manages the training centres for the CC-130J Hercules and CH‑147 Chinook fleets at Trenton and Petawawa, respectively. The Chinook facility includes a deployable simulator that can be used for exercise support and for overseas deployment. It has been particularly useful for mission rehearsal in theatre.

Recently CAE installed a new rear crew trainer for the CP- 140 Aurora at Comox in British Columbia, and will shortly add another system at the rear crew training school in Winnipeg. In terms of future opportunities, CAE is monitoring closely the desire to bring operational weapon system trainer simulator training into Canada for the CH-149 Cormorant, CC-150 Polaris and CC-177 fleets. Training for these aircraft is currently conducted overseas.

Two other programmes are also being followed closely: Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue (FWSAR) and the Future Fighter. CAE is teamed with Airbus as the training partner for its C295W offer for the FWSAR requirement, and has non-training roles with the other bidders. Regarding the Future Fighter, CAE sees opportunities in providing not only type training, but also to host range facilities.

The unmanned sector represents another opportunity, CAE having teamed with General Atomics in its proposal for the Reaper to answer Canada’s Joint Uninhabited Surveillance and Target Acquisition System UAV requirement.

In the live training arena, CAE has made a bid with Draken International for the 10-year CATS adversary training contract that will run from 2017, and is also studying the Future Aircrew Training system that is expected to be fully implemented from 2027. This programme was recently renamed from Future Pilot Training, and integrates the training of all aircrew into a single system.

Away from the defence world, CAE has landed an important contract that is being implemented here in Ottawa. In 2018, the company is delivering a 3000 Series simulator to Transport Canada’s training centre to support the Coast Guard’s helicopter fleet. While the full motion and visualisation functions are the same, the simulator has a roll-on/ roll-off cockpit capability, allowing the simulator to be configured for Bell 412 or Bell 429 training.

Another major initiative for the country is the launch of an integrated wildfire training and simulation centre at Abbotsford, British Columbia. With Conair as the launch customer, the centre allows the integration of the varied elements of a firefighting scenario into one system.

The simulator is initially applicable to Conair’s fleet of Avro RJ85 tankers, but can integrate air attack training and the simulation of ground-based command centres.

Recent experience with the Fort McMurray fires demonstrated that such scenarios can be highly complex, and ultimately the system should allow integrated team training and even large-force mission rehearsals. CAE expects the centre to be established in around two years.

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