Before the end of this fiscal year, CAE (Booth 1611) expects to have broken ground on its latest training centre, which will be established at CFB Comox in British Columbia to support the Airbus C295W fleet that is being acquired for the Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue (FWSAR) role.
This step is the latest in a progression as the world-renowned training provider continues its transition from being a manufacturer of simulators to a full training service integrator.
CAE is the worldwide training partner to Airbus on the C295 and has provided simulators to Brazil, the Royal Air Force of Oman and the manufacturer’s own International Training Centre at Seville in Spain. It is currently on contract to deliver a second simulator to Airbus, and will deliver another to Poland later this year.
Under the first phase of the FWSAR contract, CAE will design, build and implement a full-service training centre at Comox to meet both ground- and aircrew training requirements. Hardware will include: one full flight simulator; one cockpit procedures trainer; one sensor station simulator for rear-crew training; one operational mission simulator that supports networking of flight deck and rear-crew simulators for full-crew mission training; eight mission procedure trainers; one aircraft maintenance trainer; and one cockpit system part-task trainer.
There will also be 10 classrooms outfitted with CAE’s Simfinity virtual maintenance trainer stations.
This first phase is due for completion by 2019, after which there will be a three-year in-service support transition period to bed in the training programme, followed by a 20-year in-service support phase. CAE will not only be responsible for the day-to-day maintenance, support and upgrade of the hardware and so ware, but will also provide academic and simulator instructors to deliver aircrew and maintenance training.
What is being implemented at Comox for FWSAR is similar to the training centres CAE has already established at CFB Trenton for the CC-130J and CFB Petawawa for the CH-147 helicopter fleet.
The centre highlights the vision of the Royal Canadian Air Force to move ever closer to a fully networked training system in which simulators are linked to allow force-wide training, despite the considerable distances between the centres. At the heart of the so ware is a common terrain database that is under development, which can be shared and updated across all Canadian simulators. is allows all elements of the network to use common data and provides all participants in missions with a “fair fight” scenario.
It also facilitates the planning of collective training missions.
CAE is also positioned to increase its activities in the naval domain. It is already a partner with Lockheed Martin to deliver in-service support to the Royal Canadian Navy’s Halifax class update, and aims to be involved in the next-generation Canadian Surface Combatant programme.
CAE has recently been contracted, along with Babcock and local companies, to design and develop a comprehensive naval training centre at Taweelah in the United Arab Emirates. is centre includes a full range of maritime simulation suites, including those for maritime patrol aircraft rearcrew, combat information centres, ship bridges and machinery control rooms, supported by an array of reconfigurable training consoles for various mission tasks.
Last year, CAE also installed a naval warfare training system at Karlskrona for the Swedish navy.