CAE USA wins $450m contract to provide training to US helicopter pilots


CAE USA has received a $450m contract to provide rotary-wing flight training instructor support services to US Army helicopter pilots.

Under the contract, CAE will provide classroom, simulator, and live flying instructor support services at the army's Aviation Center of Excellence at Fort Rucker, Alabama.

CAE USA president and general manager Ray Duquette said: "This contract for rotary-wing training instruction follows a major contract awarded by the US Army to CAE for fixed-wing flight training that will see us open a new training centre in Dothan, Alabama in March.

“This is yet another example of CAE's strategy to focus on long-term training services that leverage our training systems integration expertise."

The contract will support the creation of close to 300 jobs at Fort Rucker.

"This is yet another example of CAE's strategy to focus on long-term training services that leverage our training systems integration expertise."

The army's initial entry rotary-wing (IERW) training programme provides all the training required to qualify new helicopter pilots.

Nearly 900 students receive classroom, simulator, and live flying training on TH-67 Creek and UH-72 Lakota helicopters every year.

Following graduation from the IERW training programme, aviators are assigned to continue helicopter training on one of the army's frontline combat helicopters, such as the UH-60 Black Hawk, AH-64 Apache, or CH-47 Chinook.

The pilots can also transition to the CAE's fixed-wing flight training programme.

The army's IERW programme also supports initial helicopter training for the US Air Force.