CAE USA has announced its participation in the US Navy’s MH-60R/S Tech Refresh programme.
The company emerged as the winner bidder for the contract, under which it will be required to upgrade the technology on a series of US Navy MH-60 Seahawk helicopter simulators and training systems.
The contract is coupled with additional options, which can be exercised on future requirements.
CAE USA president and general manager Ray Duquette said: "The navy has a definitive plan in place to increasingly use more simulation-based training throughout its overall training programme, and the enhancements we make to the MH-60 Seahawk training systems will ultimately help the navy provide higher fidelity and more cost-effective training to its MH-60 fleet squadrons."
The MH-60 Tech Refresh programme will witness a series of remodification and upgrades being carried out on the US Navy’s suite of MH-60S Sierra and MH-60R Romeo training systems, including tactical operational flight trainers and weapons tactics trainers located at Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville, Naval Station (NS) Mayport, NAS North Island, and NS Norfolk.
It will include delivering a hardware / software baseline to be integrated as a common platform across more than 20 MH-60 Seahawk training devices, extending the visual field-of-view on existing MH-60S Sierra operational flight trainers, and modifying an existing SH-60B helicopter simulator to an MH-60R tactical operational flight trainer.
Additionally, CAE will assume the responsibility to monitor and maintain networking, interoperability and integration of the Navy’s comprehensive suite of MH-60 training systems, including training devices used for door gunnery training and hoist operations.
CAE, under the contract, is set to deliver two new MH-60R tactical operational flight trainers (TOFTs) to the US Navy.
Image: A view of MH-60S series of helicopters. Photo: courtesy of Tech Sgt Tony Tolley.