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CAE Wins Contract to Provide MRH90 Training to Australian Defence Forces

Dec. 19, 2007, Sydney, Australia - CAE today announced it has been awarded a  contract valued at approximately $160 million by Australia to provide helicopter training systems and services.


December 19, 2007
By Corrie

Dec. 19, 2007, Sydney, Australia – CAE today announced it has been awarded a
contract valued at approximately $160 million by Australia to provide helicopter
training systems and services.

As the prime contractor, CAE will have overall responsibility for
providing two MRH90 full-flight and mission simulators (FFMSs), training
facilities, and comprehensive engineering and support services.
    
The MRH90 FFMSs will be delivered in 2012 to new training facilities
being constructed at the Australian Army Aviation Training Centre at Oakey as
well as the Australian Army's 5th Aviation Regiment located at Royal
Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Townsville. Following delivery of the MRH90
FFMSs, CAE will provide comprehensive support services for two years under
CAE's existing Management and Support of Australian Defence Forces Aerospace
Simulators (MSAAS) contract. As prime contractor and Authorised Engineering
Organisation (AEO) for the Commonwealth, CAE will provide overall project
management, systems engineering and integrated logistics support. CAE will
subcontract the FFMS design and manufacturing work to Helicopter Training
Media International (HTMI), a CAE and Thales joint venture. CAE will also
subcontract work to Thales Australia, who will manage the build and delivery
of the training facilities as well as provide service and support under the
MSAAS contract.
    
"We expect the new MRH90 helicopters to bring increased operational
capability to the Australian Defence Forces, and well-trained mission-ready
aircrews are paramount to delivering this capability," said Major General Tony
Fraser, Head of the Helicopter Systems Division for the Australian Defence
Forces (ADF). "CAE has a proven, established track record of supporting ADF
aerospace simulators and we are pleased to continue the relationship with CAE
on the MRH90 program."
    
As part of the MSAAS contract, which was awarded in 2003, CAE currently
provides support for the ADF's C-130J, C-130H, B707, S-70A Black Hawk, and
S-70B Seahawk simulators. Through the MSAAS contract, CAE has established a
world class support services capability in Australia and has been certified by
the ADF as an AEO. CAE is also currently designing and manufacturing the A330
Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) FFMS for the RAAF.
    
"This is a key win for CAE in Australia and we are pleased to continue
our long-standing relationship with the ADF as their provider of high-fidelity
full-mission flight simulators and training services," said Alan Johnson,
Managing Director of CAE Australia. "CAE's role on the German NH90 training
program and now the Australian MRH90 program positions the company well for
opportunities as other countries begin to assess their training requirements
for the NH90."
    
The MRH90 (Multi-Role Helicopter) is the designated Australian variant of
the NH90 Tactical Transport Helicopter (TTH). The Commonwealth of Australia
has 46 MRH90 helicopters on order. The two MRH90 FFMSs will be accredited to
Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority Level 5, which is equivalent to the
U.S. Federal Aviation Administration Level D, the highest qualification for
flight simulators.


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