In 2021, CAE acquired L3Harris’ Military Training business, which included Link Simulation & Training and Doss Aviation. These businesses are now integrated with CAE USA as part of CAE’s Defense & Security business unit.
CAE USA, following the acquisition of the former L3 Link Simulation and Training business, is now the prime contractor for the U.S. Air Force’s B-2 training system program. The legacy Link Simulation and Training business has been the sole provider of B-2 aircrew and maintenance training for more than 30 years. Now, CAE USA provides continuous full-spectrum training support for the B-2 that encompasses a full range of capabilities. CAE USA’s team of specialists supports all aircrew and maintenance training devices, including system software, hardware, courseware, classroom, and academic instruction.
Key features of the B-2 training system
- Three full-motion, high-fidelity B-2 full-mission simulators for initial and continuation aircrew operator training and combat mission rehearsal training;
- B-2 mission trainer, a high-fidelity simulator designed to teach complex right-seat functions such as radar operation and weapons delivery;
- Suite of maintenance training devices to help maintainers, pilots and weapon load technicians gain off-aircraft expertise in the diagnosis and repair of aircraft systems and weapons loading;
- B-2 computerized maintenance training systems, including a simulated flight crew station, hydraulics/fuels maintenance station, instructor station and student station;
- B-2 training aids—desktop trainers fully integrated with simulated aircraft functionality to provide detailed training scenarios;
- B-2 cockpit procedures trainer consisting of a high-fidelity, full-scale cockpit, enabling aircrews to hone their skills on aircraft systems operations and procedures;
- The B-2 weapons loading trainer, a full-scale mock-up of the aircraft’s undercarriage, weapons bay and cockpit, for certifying personnel in uploading and downloading nuclear and conventional weapons onto the B-2.
B-2 computerized maintenance training system
The U.S. Air Force B-2 maintainers use a suite of computerized maintenance training systems devices to master correct operational check, fault isolation and corrective action procedures related to the B-2’s glass cockpit displays. Currently, more than 50 maintenance training devices are in use by maintainers, pilots, and weapon-load technicians to develop off-aircraft expertise in the diagnosis and repair of aircraft systems and weapons loading.
Key features include:
- Simulated flight crew station;
- Hydraulics/fuel maintenance station;
- Instructor station;
- Student station.