The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) has awarded a contract to CAE to support its SH-2G (I) Super Seasprite helicopter synthetic training devices.
As part of the contract, CAE will update the NZDF’s existing SH-2G(I) full mission flight simulator (FMFS) and SH-2G(I) part task trainer (PTT), which are being procured as part of an acquisition of ten SH-2G(I) helicopters from Kaman.
CAE Oceania vice-president and general manager Peter Redman said: "We are pleased to extend our relationship with the New Zealand Defence Force, following contracts earlier this year in support of New Zealand’s T-6C pilot training programme and the establishment of CAE New Zealand Pty Ltd.
"The entire CAE team is committed to the on-time delivery of world-class, ground-based training systems and support services, as we strive to become the partner of choice in New Zealand for simulation and training."
Upon delivering the SH-2G(I) synthetic training devices to the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) Base Auckland, the company will deliver through-life support and maintenance services for approximately 15 years.
Work on updates and obsolescence management to the existing SH-2G (I) FMFS and PTT will begin immediately.
In addition to modernising the host computer, sensor systems, tactical environment and the instructor operator station, the simulator update involves the integration of the latest CAE Medallion-6000 image generator and the common database (CDB) architecture.
RNZAF Base Auckland is set to take delivery of SH-2G (I) synthetic training devices next year, after which CAE New Zealand will start on-site training support and maintenance services, through to 2030.