Army orders Black Hawk simulator from CAE

TAMPA, Fla., 9 March 2005. CAE USA has been awarded a contract valued at approximately US$26 million (C$32 million) by the U.S. Army Program Executive Office -- Simulation, Training, and Instrumentation (PEO STRI) to manufacture a MH-60 Black Hawk Block 1 combat mission simulator (CMS) for the U.S. Army's 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment -- Airborne (SOAR(A)).

TAMPA, Fla., 9 March 2005. CAE USA has been awarded a contract valued at approximately US$26 million (C$32 million) by the U.S. Army Program Executive Office -- Simulation, Training, and Instrumentation (PEO STRI) to manufacture a MH-60 Black Hawk Block 1 combat mission simulator (CMS) for the U.S. Army's 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment -- Airborne (SOAR(A)).

"The U.S. Special Operations Forces continue to play a prominent role in U.S. military actions, and they have an ongoing requirement for more advanced mission rehearsal and training systems," said John Lenyo, President and General Manager, CAE USA. "We have now won more than US$100 million in business over the past three years from the Army's 160th SOAR(A), and we are hopeful that our experience positions us well for further business with the Army as well as other U.S. and allied special operations forces."

The MH-60 Black Hawk CMS built by CAE will be able to support training and mission rehearsal for both variants of the MH-60 Black Hawk helicopter flown by the 160th SOAR(A). Featuring CAE's Medallion-S image generator and a large field-of-view display system, this simulator is designed to significantly enhance mission rehearsal capabilities with the aid of CAE- developed common environment/common database (CE/CDB) architecture.

CAE will deliver the MH-60 CMS in late 2006, following the delivery of a CAE-built A/MH-6 Little Bird CMS this summer and the delivery of a MH-47G CMS scheduled for spring 2006.

The 160th SOAR(A) operates the MH-60K, a highly modified utility helicopter designed for special operations missions such as infiltration, exfiltration, and resupply, and the MH-60L, an armed version of the Black Hawk helicopter.

CAE is a leading provider of simulation and modeling technologies as well as integrated training services for commercial and business aviation, and defense customers worldwide. The company has annual revenues of approximately C$1 billion, with operations and training facilities in 17 countries on five continents. For more information, see www.cae.com.

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