|Chinook simulator at CAE’s MSHAIF facility in the UK.|
The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has issued two contracts to CAE related to training and simulation at the company’s Medium Support Helicopter Aircrew Training Facility (MSHATF). Under the first agreement, CAE will continue to supply ground school and simulator aircrew training for the Royal Air Force (RAF) through 2017. The manufacturer is upgrading the Eurocopter Puma dynamic mission simulator at MSHATF to the new Puma HC2 configuration and plans to have it online by summer 2013.
Under the second contract, CAE will update one of the Boeing CH-47 Chinook dynamic mission simulators to meet the RAF Mk4 standard, also known as the Project Julius program. MSHATF is currently equipped with six CAE-built simulators—three dedicated to the CH-47, two for the AgustaWestland AW101 Merlin, and one to the Puma—as well as four classrooms and a tactical control center.