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New P-8A operational flight trainers for US Navy

21st March 2014 - 16:20 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


In addition to new simulation system orders announced on 20 March, CAE has received a new order from Boeing and the US Navy to supply six P-8A Poseidon operational flight trainers (OFTs) and five additional P-8A Aircraft equipment Desktop Environment (AeDTEs) trainers.

The P-8A simulators and a suite of P-8A (AeDTE) trainers will be used as role playing stations during training of P-8A aircrews.

This order brings the total number of P-8A OFTs that CAE will develop for the US Navy to 16, and follows on from previous contracts from Boeing to design and manufacture hardware for ten P-8A OFTs and 17 P-8A AeDTE trainers.

CAE designs and manufactures the P-8A OFT hardware to Level D standards, the highest qualification for flight simulators. CAE also provides the 737-800 OFT software baseline and simulation-based software lab environment that is used for P-8A OFT development and integration tasks. CAE then delivers the simulators to Boeing, who installs and integrates software specific to the P-8A aircraft and completes delivery to the US Navy.  

Ray Duquette, president and general manager, CAE USA, said: ‘The P-8A programme is a perfect example of the navy's increasing use of synthetic training and we are pleased to be working with Boeing to deliver some of the high-fidelity training systems required for training P-8A aircrews.’

The P-8A Poseidon is a new long-range anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare aircraft currently being developed for the US Navy by prime contractor Boeing. The navy plans to acquire 117 P-8A aircraft to replace its current fleet of P-3C Orion aircraft. 

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