CAE USA wins U.S. Air Force contract to train aircrews of the Predator and Reaper remotely piloted aircraft

CAE USA wins U.S. Air Force contract to train aircrews of the Predator and 
Reaper remotely piloted aircraft 
- Expected program value, including options, of approximately US$100
million over five years 
- CAE USA to provide classroom, simulator, and live flying
TAMPA, FLORIDA -- (Marketwired) -- 08/08/13 -- (NYSE:CAE)(TSX:CAE) -
CAE today announced that CAE USA has been awarded a United States Air
Force (USAF) contract to provide comprehensive Predator and Reaper
remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) aircrew training services. Under
terms of the contract, which was awarded as a one-year base contract
for approximately US$20 million with four one-year options, CAE USA
will provide classroom, simulator, and live flying instruction as
well as courseware development in support of the MQ-1 Predator and
MQ-9 Reaper training programs. Training will be delivered at four
USAF bases where approximately 1,500 MQ-1/MQ-9 pilots and sensor
operators train annually. The contract was awarded in CAE's second
quarter of fiscal 2014.  
CAE USA will provide fully qualified instructional staff to conduct
academic as well as live flying instruction at Holloman Air Force
Base (AFB), New Mexico; Creech AFB, Nevada; March Air Reserve Base,
California; and Hancock Field Air National Guard Base, New York.
MQ-1/MQ-9 Predator/Reaper aircrews will receive training for initial
qualification, refresher/recurrent training, and instructor
qualification. In addition, CAE USA will provide courseware
development services, primarily at the formal training schoolhouse
located at Holloman AFB, as well as implement a new learning content
management system. 
"The use of unmanned and remotely piloted aircraft is playing a much
more prominent role in military operations, and this requires highly
trained and mission-ready aircrews," said Ray Duquette, President and
General Manager, CAE USA. "We are pleased the U.S. Air Force has
recognized CAE USA's aircrew training services expertise and
capabilities, and we look forward to supporting the combat readiness
for the USAF's Air Combat Command Predator and Reaper aircrews." 
The MQ-1 Predator and the MQ-9 Reaper are armed, multi-mission,
medium-altitude, long-endurance remotely piloted aircraft that are
employed primarily as an intelligence-collection asset and
secondarily against dynamic execution targets. Given their
significant loiter time, wide-range of sensors, multi-mode
communications suite, and precision weapons, these unmanned aerial
vehicles provide a unique capability to perform coordination,
reconnaissance and strike missions against high-value, fleeting, and
time-sensitive targets. 
CAE is a global leader in modelling, simulation and training for
civil aviation and defence. The company employs approximately 8,000
people at more than 100 sites and training locations in approximately
30 countries. CAE offers civil aviation, military and helicopter
training services in more than 45 locations worldwide and trains
approximately 100,000 crew members yearly. In addition, the CAE
Oxford Aviation Academy offers training to aspiring pilot cadets in
11 CAE-operated flight schools. CAE's business is diversified,
ranging from the sale of simulation products to providing
comprehensive services such as training and aviation services,
integrated enterprise solutions, in-service support and crew
sourcing. The company applies simulation expertise and operational
experience to help customers enhance safety, improve efficiency,
maintain readiness and solve challenging problems. CAE is now
leveraging its simulation capabilities in new markets such as
healthcare and mining. More information can be found at  
Follow us on Twitter @CAE_Inc and @CAE_Defence.  
A high-resolution photo of the MQ-1 Predator remotely piloted
aircraft is available for download at  
Caption: CAE USA will provide aircrew training and courseware
development services to U.S. Air Force pilots and operators of the
Predator remotely piloted aircraft. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Air
CAE contacts:
Nathalie Bourque, Vice President,
Public Affairs and Global Communications
(514) 734-5788 
Trade media:
Chris Stellwag, Director,
Marketing Communications - Military
(813) 887-1242 
Investor relations:
Andrew Arnovitz, Vice President,
Investor Relations and Strategy
(514) 734-5760
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