CAE to develop additional P-8A flight trainers
CAE has announced that it has been awarded a contract by Boeing for the delivery of six additional P-8A Poseidon operational flight trainers (OFTs) for the United States Navy. CAE made the announcement in a 28 November 2011 company statement.
According to the company, CAE will manufacture the simulators as well as develop a suite of P-8A Aircraft Equipment enhanced Desktop Environment (AeDTE) trainers, which will be used as role playing stations during training of P-8A aircrews. CAE understands that the P-8A OFTs and AeDTEs are part of a recent contract awarded to Boeing to support low rate initial production lot two (LRIP-II) of the P-8A multi-mission maritime aircraft.
This order comes as an addition to an existing contract between CAE and Boeing for the design and manufacture of four P-8A OFTs, bringing the total number now to ten. 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 P-8A OFTs to Boeing, who installs and integrates software specific to the P-8A aircraft and completes delivery to the US Navy.
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 P-8A is a derivative of Boeing’s next-generation 737-800 aircraft and will be used for maritime and littoral operations. The US Navy plans to acquire 117 P-8A aircraft to replace its current fleet of P-3C Orion aircraft.
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