The General Headquarters (GHQ) of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has awarded a C$56 million contract to CAE to provide the UAE Air Force and Air Defence with a comprehensive training solution for remotely piloted aircraft (RPA).
CAE will deliver an integrated training solution that includes academic, simulator, and live flying training for the UAE Air Force's fleet of RPA systems,under terms of the five-year contract.
CAE's local UAE-based company, CAE Maritime Middle East LLC, will serve as the prime contractor and programme management company in Abu Dhabi.
"Remotely piloted aircraft have been proven as an indispensable asset in modern combat operations, and like all platforms they require skilled and proficient aircrews who are prepared for a range of missions," said Ian Bell, CAE's Vice President and General Manager, Middle East/Asia-Pacific.
The UAE Air Force and Air Defence will establish a training centre supported by CAE, where all RPA type conversion and mission training will be conducted.
The design and development of the courseware and comprehensive curriculum for academic and classroom training, will be undertaken by CAE including fundamental courses for RPA pilots and sensor operators as well as courses specific to the UAE Air Force's medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) RPA platforms such as the General Atomics Predator family of RPAs.
CAE will also deliver a full suite of synthetic training equipment, including desktop trainers, sensor operator trainers, Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) mission trainers and high-fidelity, type-specific mission trainers.
In addition to delivering the classroom and simulator training, CAE instructors will provide the live flying instruction for UAE Air Force RPA aircrews.