CAE provides a comprehensive range of ground-based air defence (GBAD) trainers and simulators to armed forces worldwide. These trainers also benefit from CAE's global experience and capabilities in networking training systems so that collective, interoperable training can be conducted. 

The air defence trainer product range extends from full dome tactical engagement simulators networked with higher echelons such as operations centres, through to part-task and desktop-type training systems. CAE also provides appended training systems that are capable of being deployed with operational systems.

Ground-based air defence (GBAD) trainers can support a variety of systems and sensors, including:

  • Air Defence Cannon;
  • Infrared Surface to Air Missile (IRSAM);
  • Beam Riding Missiles;
  • Battlefield Radars (surveillance and tracking);
  • Electo-Optic/Thermal sensors;
  • Electronic Counter Measure/Electro-Optic Counter Measure/Electronic Counter Counter Measure.

The training capabilities for systems deployed within the trainer typically provide:

  • Handling skills;
  • Surveillance and target acquisition;
  • Target identification;
  • Threat assessment and tactical decision making;
  • Target selection and rules of engagement;
  • Target tracking;
  • Target engagement;
  • Re-engagement;
  • Reversionary modes of operation;
  • Electronic Counter Measure/Electro-Optic Counter Measure/Electronic Counter Counter Measure.

Depending on training objectives and requirements, various types of air defence trainers are available:

  • Dome Trainers - Full engagement simulators incorporating a high-end visual displayed on a large hemispherical screen that permits full detachment training in an immersive environment;
  • Operator Trainers - Part-task trainers providing skills training, including drills and engagement sequences;
  • Classroom trainers;
  • Desktop trainers.

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