CAE to provide training services for RAAF Hawk Mk127
Today at the Australian International Airshow, AVALON, CAE announced it has been awarded a contract from Australia's Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group to provide comprehensive support and training services, with the Hawk Mk127 training system for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).
Under terms of the contract, CAE will provide classroom and simulator instructors RAAF Base Williamtown, in addition to providing maintenance and support services on the three CAE-built Hawk Mk127 full-mission simulators currently being installed at both RAAF Base Williamtown and RAAF Base Pearce. The value of this contract was included in CAE's third quarter orders for fiscal year 2017.
"We are excited to begin supporting the Royal Australian Air Force's Hawk Mk127 lead-in fighter training program that plays a vital role in preparing fast-jet aircrews for the RAAF's next-generation fighter aircraft," said Ian Bell, CAE's Vice President and General Manager, Asia-Pacific/Middle East. "Our instructors will work closely with the RAAF to deliver high-quality academic and simulator training that will contribute to students receiving enhanced training as they prepare to fly fast jet aircraft."
Under a separate subcontract to BAE Systems, CAE is delivering three new Hawk Mk127 full-mission simulators to support the RAAF under the Project AIR5438 Lead-in Fighter Capability Assurance Program. The first two CAE-built Hawk Mk127 full-mission simulators are currently installed at RAAF Base Williamtown and RAAF Base Pearce respectively, and are undergoing final on-site testing and integration before they are expected to be declared ready-for-training in the May timeframe. The third Hawk Mk127 full-mission simulator will be delivered to RAAF Base Williamtown in mid-2017.
The Hawk Mk127 full-mission simulators all feature a high-fidelity replica of the Hawk Mk127 cockpit surrounded by an 11-foot projection dome display featuring the CAE Medallion-6000 image generator and Boeing's Constant Resolution Visual System. The CAE-built Hawk Mk127 simulators also feature the Common Database (CDB) architecture, which was recently adopted by the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) as an international standard for the creation of synthetic environment databases.