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CAE to develop Hawk simulators for RAAF

9th August 2013 - 13:46 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


BAE Systems has selected CAE to build three Hawk Mk127 full-mission simulators for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). The contract for the work was announced on 8 August.

BAE Systems is delivering a comprehensive upgrade and training systems support package for the RAAF as part of the Project AIR5438 programme. The Hawk Mk127 full-mission simulators are an important part of this project.

The simulators will include a high-fidelity replica of the Hawk cockpit surrounded by an 11-foot projection dome display featuring the CAE Medallion-6000 image generator and Boeing's Constant Resolution Visual System. They will also run on the CAE-developed common database (CDB), an open database architecture that enhances the ability to correlate and rapidly update databases to support training and mission rehearsal requirements.

Daniel Reid, Group Captain and Officer Commanding, Tactical Fighter Systems Program Office, RAAF, said: ‘Upgrading the Hawk aircraft and support systems is key to assuring the ongoing effectiveness of the training capability to prepare our fast jet aircrews for future generations of fighter aircraft. With increasing dependency on simulation in this environment, it is essential that students are exposed to state-of-the-art simulation from the time they commence flying fast jet aircraft.

‘The new Hawk simulators will have the latest visual technology and will be qualified for use, lessening the reliance on airborne training events and providing additional training capacity for the Hawk fleet. We look forward to working with BAE Systems and CAE, utilising both companies' respective expertise to deliver a leading edge simulation capability.’

The simulators will be delivered to RAAF Base Williamtown and RAAF Base Pearce in 2016 and 2017.

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