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Australia Awards CAE 19-Year Contract Extension to support ADF Flight Training

Australia has awarded CAE Australia Pty Ltd a contract extension to deliver comprehensive training and sustainment support services under the Australian Defence Force (ADF) Aerospace Simulator Integrated Support and Training (ASIST) program.

The 19-year agreement allows CAE Australia to continue to support a range of ADF flight training systems across Australia. The ASIST contract provides a flexible framework under which CAE Australia delivers aircrew training, specialised engineering support, sustainment and maintenance services, as well as training system upgrades across multiple ADF aerospace platforms.

“This contract signifies an enduring partnership between the Commonwealth and CAE Australia on training and support services across a range of platforms and training systems,” said Matthew Sibree, Managing Director, Indo-Pacific, CAE Australia Pty Ltd. “There is no better time to invest further in our ADF’s safety and mission readiness, and our highly-skilled teams, many of whom are Veterans, are honoured to contribute their training and engineering expertise to guide and shape our nation’s sovereign air combat capability. Our service personnel are our greatest asset, and their training is critical. A training specialist will provide that critical training.”

Under the contract, CAE is responsible for delivering leading-edge training for military aviators on the KC-30A and C-27J at RAAF Base Amberley, the Hawk 127 Lead-In Fighter at RAAF Base Williamtown and RAAF Base Pearce, and the C-130J at RAAF Base Richmond. Maintenance and engineering support is also provided for the AP-3C Orion at RAAF Base Edinburgh, the Australian Army’s CH-47F Chinook at RAAF Base Townsville, and the Australian Army MRH-90 at RAAF Base Townsville and Army Aviation Training Centre, Oakey. Since the initial contract award in 2021, CAE has assured its position as a flexible, agile and responsive partner, achieving over 98% training device availability, and efficiently tending to technical, commercial and schedule needs on demand.

“This agreement today will ensure our emerging ADF pilots have access to the best equipment through the availability and development of flight and mission simulators, management of training materials, and management and delivery of aircrew training,” said Air Commodore Steven Pesce, Defence Director General Airlift and Tanker Systems Branch.

Under the ASIST program, CAE Australia will continue to work closely with our Australian industry partners, including Seeing Machines and Virtual Simulation Systems (VSS), defence primes and academia. Leveraging CAE’s 75 years of experience combined with expert partners, this teaming secures an enduring sovereign solution for our customers and direct access to CAE’s trusted global supply chain.

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