CAE to develop naval training centre and helicopter simulators for UAE forces

19 June 2016 (Last Updated June 19th, 2016 18:30)

CAE has received contracts worth C$145m ($112.4m) to develop a naval training centre (NTC) for the UAE Navy and to supply a suite of helicopter simulators and training devices to the UAE Joint Aviation Command (JAC).

CAE has received contracts worth C$145m ($112.4m) to develop a naval training centre (NTC) for the UAE Navy and to supply a suite of helicopter simulators and training devices to the UAE Joint Aviation Command (JAC).

Awarded by the General Headquarters (GHQ) of the UAE Armed Forces, the contracts will see CAE design and develop a comprehensive facility for the UAE NTC programme that will be used by individuals, command teams, whole ship crews and for joint/collective mission training.

The new facility will feature a range of integrated ship simulation-based training suites, as well as maritime aircraft sensor stations.

"The new facility will feature a range of integrated ship simulation-based training suites."

Expected to be completed and ready-for-training by early 2019, the NTC will be located in Taweelah, with connectivity to several other naval and air bases across the UAE.

CAE defence and security group president Gene Colabatistto said: "The UAE Navy selected CAE as its training partner because of our focus and expertise in training, and the result will be a comprehensive naval training enterprise that helps the UAE Navy achieve a high level of fleet operational readiness."

As part of the contracts, CAE will supply the UAE JAC with helicopter simulators and training devices for the NorthStar Aviation 407 Multi-Role Helicopter (407MRH) as well as the Sikorsky UH-60M Armed Black Hawk (ABH).

Last year, NorthStar Aviation signed a collaboration agreement with CAE to perform flight test data collection and assist the development of high-fidelity training devices for the 407MRH.

CAE will develop a high-fidelity, fixed-based Level-7 equivalent flight training device (FTD) for the NorthStar Aviation 407MRH, along with a suite of desktop trainers and brief / debrief systems.

Colabatistto added: "These will be the first simulator and training devices developed for the 407MRH so our partnership with NorthStar Aviation along with CAE's extensive experience with helicopter simulation will help ensure we deliver world-class training systems on-schedule."

The CAE-built UH-60M ABH full-mission simulator for the UAE JAC will represent the armed variant of the Black Hawk helicopter. It will feature a six-degree-of-freedom motion system, vibration platform, and extreme field-of-view display system.

Both the simulators and training devices will include the CAE Medallion-6000 image generator with Common Database (CDB) architecture to improve networked, interoperable mission training across platforms.

The full suite of 407MRH training systems and a UH-60M ABH full-mission simulator will be delivered in 2017 and 2018 respectively.