The Canadian Government has awarded a contract to CAE to provide a comprehensive aircrew training solution for their CH147F Chinook helicopters.

Under the C$250m ($245.8m) contract, CAE will provide the CH147F training systems and services in two phases.

During the acquisition phase, the company will design and develop a CH147F training suite, which will include a weapon system trainer, a tactical flight-training device (TFTD), deployable TFTD, an integrated gunnery trainer, PC-based CAE Simfinity virtual simulators and courseware.

Additional technologies and capabilities in the first phase will include a training management information system, tactical control centre, and common databases across both the C-130J and CH147F aircrew training programmes.

Upon the delivery of CH147F training suite in early 2014, the second phase of the contract will begin with the provision of in-service support for the CH147F aircrew training programme.

The 20-year in-service support phase will include training device upgrades and maintenance, hardware and software engineering, courseware updates, technology insertion and obsolescence management, and database modelling and generation.

The contract is part of the Operational Training Systems Provider (OTSP) programme and is in support of Canada’s new fleet of 15 CH147F Chinook medium-to-heavy lift helicopters.

Work will be carried out by a CAE-led pan-Canadian team of simulation and training specialists based in Canada.

Europe’s largest and most established defence training and simulation conference and exhibition, Itec, will be held at London’s Excel from 18-20 May, 2010.