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December 10, 2009 08:28 ET

CAE wins military contracts valued at more than C$100 million

- Royal Netherlands Air Force expands CH-47 Chinook training at CAE's MSHATF - German Army enhances CAE GESI command and staff training system

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Dec. 10, 2009) - (TSX:CAE)(NYSE:CAE) - CAE today announced a series of military contracts with the Netherlands, Germany, and other global defence forces. The contracts, valued at more than C$100 million, include a major contract with the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) to expand CH-47 Chinook helicopter training at CAE's Medium Support Helicopter Aircrew Training Facility (MSHATF) in the United Kingdom.

"Our MSHATF continues to be the most advanced helicopter training facility of its type in the world, and a perfect example of CAE's capabilities as a training systems integrator," said Martin Gagne, CAE's Group President, Military Products, Training and Services. "The RNLAF are a major third party user of the MSHATF and their decision to increase their training with CAE is a welcome endorsement of our strategy to offer contemporary turnkey training services tailored to customer requirements."

Under terms of the contract with the RNLAF, subject to usual approvals, CAE will first upgrade one of the CH-47 full-mission simulators located at the MSHATF to ensure concurrency with the RNLAF's current Avionics Control and Management System (ACMS) Block 5 CH-47D and new Block 6 CH-47F Chinook helicopters. Following the simulator upgrade, RNLAF Chinook aircrews will continue training at the MSHATF through 2018, gradually increasing training to at least 1,000 hours per year.

"With all these features, the simulator will enable the RNLAF pilots to train in the most advanced digital cockpit currently available for the Chinook helicopter," according to LTC Cor van der Gaag, RNLAF's project leader for both the new-build CH-47F Chinook and simulator upgrade program.

The RNLAF began training their CH-47 Chinook aircrews at the MSHATF in 2003. Up until now, the RNLAF training curriculum included emergency, instrument, night-vision goggle (NVG), and tactical flight procedures during type conversion and recurrent training. The simulator upgrade will expand training to include a Terma-developed Chinook Aircraft Survivability Equipment (CHASE) electronic warfare suite and an L-3 Wescam forward-looking infrared (FLIR). In addition, a digital Automatic Flight Control System (AFCS) will support training pilots to land in brown-out conditions.

German Army

Germany's procurement office for information technology and management (Bundesamt fur Informationstechnik und Informationsmanagement der Bundeswehr) has contracted CAE Gmbh to provide major product enhancements to the CAE GESI command and staff training system for the German Army. As part of the CAE GESI product improvement development program, CAE is enhancing the GESI constructive simulation system to address new and emerging training requirements, including operations other than war (OOTW), peacekeeping and humanitarian assistance, military operations in urban terrain (MOUT), joint and multi-national operations, emergency management and disaster planning. In addition, the CAE GESI system will be expanded to run complex and comprehensive exercises from the company level up to division level.

CAE is a world leader in providing simulation and modelling technologies and integrated training solutions for the civil aviation industry and defence forces around the globe. With annual revenues exceeding C$1.6 billion, CAE employs more than 6,500 people at more than 90 sites and training locations in 20 countries. We have the largest installed base of civil and military full-flight simulators and training devices. Through our global network of 29 civil aviation and military training centres, we train more than 75,000 crewmembers yearly. We also offer modelling and simulation software to various market segments and, through CAE's professional services division, we assist customers with a wide range of simulation-based needs. www.cae.com.

Contact Information

  • CAE contacts:
    Nathalie Bourque, Vice President
    Public Affairs and Global Communications
    514-734-5788
    nathalie.bourque@cae.com

    Trade media:
    Chris Stellwag, Director
    Marketing Communications, Military and Civil
    813-887-1242
    chris.stellwag@cae.com

    Investor relations:
    Andrew Arnovitz, Vice President
    Investor Relations and Strategy
    514-734-5760
    andrew.arnovitz@cae.com