For decades’ transport and tanker aircraft have been used globally by defence forces for combat, humanitarian missions, disaster relief, medevac and air drop missions. These aircraft have the capacity to transport troops, military equipment and other oversized cargo quickly and efficiently into almost any area. Tanker aircraft, with their air-to-air refueling capabilities, play a key role supporting combat and other aircraft by extending and executing strategic missions.
CAE has designed and delivered more training systems than any other company for transport and tanker aircraft, such as the C-130H/J, C-5, C295, A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT), A400M and others. In fact, CAE has delivered more training systems for the venerable C-130 Hercules aircraft and its many variants than any company.
CAE is currently the prime contractor on the United States Air Force (USAF) KC-135 Aircrew Training System program, providing turnkey training services to more than 3,700 pilots, co-pilots and boom operators annually. CAE has delivered state-of-the-art training systems for Australia’s KC-30A tanker and since the late 1990’s, CAE has been Lockheed Martin’s partner and major supplier on a range of C-130J training programs around the world.
CAE has a unique training systems integrator (TSI) capability and we are committed to providing transport and tanker pilots with leading-edge training solutions and services to meet their varied and demanding training needs.
Military aeromedical evacuation and air ambulance crews need to be prepared to handle a range of patient health-related issues that may occur during flight. Crews also need to be proficient in aircraft systems and operations to ensure the safe transportation of patients and mitigate complications in normal or emergency situations. With governments facing constrained budgets, the high cost of operating live aircraft and the desire to use aircraft primarily for operational missions, militaries and air medical services are turning increasingly to cost-effective simulation-based training to ensure preparedness and readiness. A variety of air mobility aircraft platforms are used extensively by militaries around the world for a range of airlift and tactical transport missions, including aeromedical evacuation and air ambulance operations. As a world leader in aviation training as well as healthcare simulation and training, CAE has developed an Aeromedical Evacuation Training System to address the training challenges and requirements for aeromedical evacuation.
CAE can design, develop and deliver a high-fidelity replica of the fuselage of any air mobility aircraft platform specifically configured for aeromedical training scenarios. The training device incorporates both real and simulated aircraft parts and systems employed to replicate environments used by crews when performing aeromedical evacuation missions. Realistic, high-fidelity patient simulators from CAE Healthcare are included as part of CAE’s Aeromedical Evacuation Training System. A hand-held, wireless tablet instructor operator station provides the instructor with full control of the training environment and the ability to customize a variety of training scenarios. Aeromedical evacuation courseware and curriculum along with the capability for CAE to provide instructors are options that can be added as part of this fully integrated Aeromedical Evacuation Training System.
CAE has extensive experience developing part-task trainers specifically designed for training boom operators and air refueling officers. CAE has expertise in visual modelling for boom and hose-and-drogue refueling training scenarios, and understands the unique challenges of the air-to-air refueling (AAR) task, both from the viewpoint of a receiver aircraft and the tanker itself.
CAE has a scalable scope of simulation-based training solutions that can include fuel transfer, boom extension/retraction and fuel delivery system malfunctions. CAE has delivered several programs that included scalable levels of fidelity, from basic air-to-air refueling procedures to very high fidelity training systems based on actual flight test data. For example, CAE has developed and delivered several A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) air refueling officer part-task trainers (ARO PTT) to air forces such as the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and UAE Air Force. The CAE-developed ARO PTT is a sophisticated, high-fidelity training device designed to train the air refueling officer – often called the boom operator – on the demanding tasks of a refueling mission in a safe, cost-effective synthetic environment. On the A330 MRTT aircraft, the air refueling officer sits near the flight deck in an aft-facing console just behind the pilot/co-pilot. This is different from previous generation tankers such as the KC-135 and KC-10 where the boomer is in the tail of the aircraft. The CAE-built ARO PTT features a seven-channel CAE Medallion-6000 visual system combined with 3D goggles and displays to provide a realistic 3D view of the boom itself and approaching receiver aircraft. Using the ARO PTT, crews can practice the procedures and techniques of air refueling operations to become proficient, thus significantly reducing the amount of airborne training required.
In today’s network-centric environment, the sensors and systems being used to capture data and support operational and tactical decision-making are becoming increasingly complex. Advanced training systems are needed to ensure tactical aircrews – such as air combat systems officers, sensor operators, electronic warfare operators, and observers – are well-prepared and mission ready. CAE’s Tactical Mission Trainer (TMT) solution exploits advanced synthetic training aids and commercial-off-the-shelf applications to deliver a complete tactical aircrew training environment that is adaptable to new or existing airborne platforms.
CAE’s TMT delivers a scalable, high-fidelity, realistic training environment for airborne training, as well as mission rehearsal across a range of capabilities for ab initio students through to rear mission crews. The CAE TMT system is a complete solution for the consolidated training of tactical aircrews and is currently in service as part of the UK Military Flying Training Systems (MFTS) rear crew training program and by the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) to train Air Combat Systems Officers and Airborne Sensor Operators.
Airborne intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) relies heavily on airborne assets to acquire, process, and pass information in a responsive and timely manner. Extensive training is required to enable the successful employment and integration of these assets. Complete crew training in their platform systems, sensors, and the operational environment is the cornerstone to enabling an airborne ISR asset to integrate with other forces.
CAE’s Mission Crew Trainer (MCT) is a Level 5/6-equivalent flight training device specifically aimed at airborne ISR training. A high-fidelity yet cost-effective crew training system, the CAE MCT is designed with an open architecture to support the addition of new sensors and systems as required. The CAE MCT can be customized to support the full range of ISR sensors, including:
- Imaging radar (SAR, ISAR, GMTI);
- Electro-optical infra-red (EO/IR);
- Electronic warfare support measures and intelligence (ESM/Elint);
- Data link;
- Communications (V/UHF, HF, Satcom).
CAE - C-130 Global Simulation and Training Leader
CAE - C-130 Global Simulation and Training Leader
USAF KC-135 Tanker Training
CAE Transport / Tanker Flight Training Systems