CAE Defense & Security announced this month that it has been awarded the competitive re-compete for Fixed-Wing Flight Training Service by the United States Army. The contract provides initial and recurrent training for over 600 U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force fixed-wing pilots annually. The program is essential in training C-12 King Air pilots.
The firm-fixed-price award has an approximate total value of US$250 million through 2032 distributed from an initial base period and seven single-year options.
CAE training simulators (image by CAE)
“We are honored that the U.S. Army has once again selected the CAE Dothan Training Center to support the readiness of their future fixed-wing aviators,” said Dan Gelston, Group President, CAE Defense & Security. “The training center is a prime example of delivering live, virtual and constructive training with adaptive technologies and agile learning to deliver the highest quality instructional solutions to our military customers.”
CAE Defense & Security has provided Army Fixed-Wing training at the company-owned company-operated Dothan Training Center in Alabama since the initial contract award in 2016. The facility, near the U.S. Army's Aviation Center of Excellence (USAACE) at Fort Rucker trains Army rotary-wing aviators and Army initial-entry fixed-wing students.
The Dothan Training Center (image by CAE)
“CAE provides a world-class training program that balances academics, simulation, and aircraft flight training,” said Merrill Stoddard, Vice President and General Manager, CAE Defense & Security Readiness Solutions. “We leverage modern training solutions to deliver scenario-based training specific to the Army’s fixed-wing requirements.”
The Fixed-Wing Flight Training Service program features academic, simulation and aircraft flight training, including the CAE Trax Academy which augments the current ground-based training assets with self-paced virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) training in both the C-12 and Grob G-120TP. CAE also provides Grob G120 TP flight training devices and a suite of desktop trainers and courseware in addition to a fleet of C-12U King Air aircraft owned and maintained by the U.S. Army and operated by CAE instructors to deliver C-12 King Air aircraft flight training.
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