CAE has secured a contract to develop an MH-60R composite maintenance trainer (CMT), as well as a MH-60R rear crew trainer (RCT) for the Royal Australian Navy (Ran) under the US foreign military sale (FMS) programme.

The new contract is part of more than C$150m ($118.11m) worth of defence contracts that the company received to support various customers worldwide.

In addition to the order for RAN, the contract covers the delivery of additional UH-72A Lakota flight training devices for the US Army, and two full-mission simulators for an undisclosed customer in the Europe / Middle East / Africa region.

The contract also includes the US Navy’s order for two P-8A operational flight trainers.

CAE Defence & Security president Gene Colabatistto said: "These additional contracts we are announcing today are all related to the extended use of simulation-based training as part of these programmes, further demonstrating that global defence forces are increasingly adopting synthetic training for more of their training requirements."

The prime contractor responsible for the design and development of the MH-60R CMT will be CAE USA.

Delivery of MH-60R CMT to RAN’s HMAS Albatross is expected in 2017.

"The contract covers the delivery of additional UH-72A Lakota flight training devices for the US Army."

In addition, CAE USA is responsible for procuring a commercial-off-the-shelf MH-60R RCT from Australia-based Virtual Simulation Systems. CAE will also install the system onboard HMAS Albatross.

The RAN has already received one MH-60R tactical operational flight trainer (TOFT) and one MH-60R avionics maintenance trainer / weapons load trainer from CAE. The second MH-60R TOFT is scheduled for delivery next year.

The MH-60R CMT is designed to offer mechanical, electrical, and hydraulic systems training to RAN MH-60R aircraft maintenance personnel.

The MH-60R RCT features a module for training hoist operations, as well as two weapons modules for training MH-60R door gunnery operations.

Image: An MH-60R Seahawk helicopter. Photo: courtesy of US Navy.