CAE Australia to develop new Hercules training systems for Air Force


Simulation technologies developer CAE Australia has secured a multi-million contract from Defence to deliver a game-changing capability for the Australian Air Force.

The $26 million contract will see the Sydney-based company upgrade an aircraft simulator and other training systems as part of the C-130J Block Upgrade Program at RAAF Base Richmond, New South Wales.

Defence Industry Minister Melissa Price said the state-of-the-art C-130J aircraft simulator will enable the Air Force to access the highest quality of training available.

“A modern training system closely aligned with the upgraded C-130J aircraft configuration is essential to providing a robust and safe capability,” Minister Price said.

“This partnership demonstrates CAE Australia’s in-country expertise in this field, and their commitment to supporting these Air Force capabilities.”

According to the Minister, the contract will also generate seven new full-time jobs over the next four years.

“The first students will commence training on the new simulator and training systems in early 2023, which is designed to train 16 pilots, 8 loadmasters and up to 100 maintenance crew each calendar year,” Minister Price concluded.

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