CAE UK will provide training support services for Royal Air Force Poseidon MRA1 aircrew at RAF Lossiemouth following a contract award from Boeing. Image courtesy Trevor Sheehan, Defence Photography.

CAE today announced that CAE UK plc has been awarded a contract by Boeing to provide Poseidon MRA1 training support services to the Royal Air Force (RAF). 

The initial five-year contract, awarded during CAE’s fourth quarter of fiscal year 2021, calls for CAE UK plc to provide a range of instructors and console operators to support the delivery of training at the Boeing-built Poseidon Strategic Facility located at RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland.  The Boeing P-8A, designated the Poseidon MRA1 for the RAF, is a multi-role Maritime Patrol Aircraft designed for Anti-Submarine Warfare, Anti-Surface Unit Warfare, surveillance and search and rescue missions.

“We are pleased to partner with Boeing to deliver this critical training to the Royal Air Force,” said Andrew Naismith, Managing Director, CAE UK plc.  “The Poseidon will play a key role in the intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance capabilities for the UK and it requires highly trained aircrew to fully maximise these capabilities.  We look forward to playing a key role in the preparation and readiness of the aircrew who will operate the Poseidon for the RAF.”

Under terms of the contract, CAE UK will provide a range of rear crew and engineering instructors.  Rear crew instructors will deliver training on acoustics, electronic warfare and other sensor and mission systems on the Poseidon.  Engineering instructors will deliver training on avionics and other systems required for the maintenance and operation of the aircraft.  In addition, CAE UK will provide console operators and controllers who will perform role playing and support functions during training and mission rehearsal exercises.

Boeing will provide the flight instructors to train Poseidon pilots.  A significant portion of the pilot training will take place in the two Poseidon Operational Flight Trainers (OFTs) jointly developed by CAE and Boeing.  CAE designs and manufactures the Poseidon OFT hardware to Level D standards, the highest qualification for flight simulators.

About CAE

CAE’s Defence & Security business unit focuses on helping prepare our customers to develop and maintain the highest levels of mission readiness.  We are a world-class training and mission systems integrator offering a comprehensive portfolio of training and operational support solutions across multi-domain operations – air, land, sea, space and cyber.  We serve our global defence and security customers through regional operations in Canada; the United States/Latin America; Europe/Middle East; and Asia-Pacific, all of which leverage the full breadth of CAE’s capabilities, technologies and solutions.

CAE is a high technology company, at the leading edge of digital immersion, providing solutions to make the world a safer place. Backed by a record of more than 70 years of industry firsts, we continue to reimagine the customer experience and revolutionize training and operational support solutions in civil aviation, defence and security, and healthcare. We are the partner of choice to customers worldwide who operate in complex, high-stakes and largely regulated environments, where successful outcomes are critical. Testament to our customers’ ongoing needs for our solutions, over 60 percent of CAE’s revenue is recurring in nature. We have the broadest global presence in our industry, with approximately 10,000 employees, 160 sites and training locations in over 35 countries.


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