CAE to provide mission simulators for Special Ops

TAMPA, Fla., 26 April 2005. CAE USA has been awarded two contracts valued at approximately US$20 million (C$25 million) by the U.S. Army Program Executive Office -- Simulation, Training, and Instrumentation (PEO STRI) to support mission rehearsal and training systems for the U.S. Army's 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment -- Airborne (SOAR(A)).

Apr 26th, 2005

TAMPA, Fla., 26 April 2005. CAE USA has been awarded two contracts valued at approximately US$20 million (C$25 million) by the U.S. Army Program Executive Office -- Simulation, Training, and Instrumentation (PEO STRI) to support mission rehearsal and training systems for the U.S. Army's 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment -- Airborne (SOAR(A)).

For the first contract, which is valued at approximately US$12 million (C$15 million), CAE will implement a new standard database architecture on two combat mission simulators (CMS) that the company is currently building for the 160th SOAR(A).

Called the Common Environment/Common Database (CE/CDB), the new architecture will be implemented on both an MH-47G Chinook CMS and an MH-60 Black Hawk CMS currently in development. The CAE-designed architecture, which is expected to be standard on all future mission rehearsal and training systems developed for the U.S. Special Operations Command, promises to significantly reduce the timeline it takes to get a fully correlated database in operation.

The second contract, valued at approximately US$8 million (CS$10 million) if all options are exercised, calls for CAE USA to provide maintenance and support services to the 160th SOAR(A). As part of the Special Operations Forces Mission Rehearsal and Training Services (SOFMRTS) program, CAE USA personnel will provide on-site training support services at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. The first simulator the company will support on-site will be the A/MH-6 Little Bird that CAE is currently delivering.

"CAE is helping the 160th chart the future of mission rehearsal with the development of the Common Environment/Common Database," said John Lenyo, president and general manager, CAE USA. "We are committed to continued innovation and leading-edge technology development for the Special Operations community, as well as long-term service and support."

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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