Montreal-based, global training systems integrator, CAE announced that its United States subsidiary has been awarded a contract valued at more than $135 million, including options, by the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) to lead integration efforts for the Special Operations Forces (SOF) Global Situational Awareness initiative.
USSOCOM has exercised the first option of the contract valued at more than $19 million, CAE said in a statement.
Last year, CAE USA was among several companies awarded an initial prototype contract to demonstrate the capability of leveraging a digital ecosystem to fuse data from a variety of sources to deliver a common operational picture (COP). Following further evaluation of prototypes demonstrated during research and development, USSOCOM selected CAE USA to lead the integration and architecture development efforts under a programme called Mission Command System/Common Operational Picture (MCS/COP). The scalable next-generation Mission Command System will unify the SOF enterprise through the creation of an integrated common operational picture, which will deliver enhanced and improved global situational awareness.
“We are pleased to be selected by the US Special Operations Command to lead the Mission Command System Common Operational Picture development and integration efforts,” said President and General Manager, CAE USA, Ray Duquett. “Combining decades of experience creating digital ecosystems with our multi-source data fusion and artificial intelligence/machine learning capabilities, CAE is providing a single visualisation platform to support collaborative command and control decision-making in real-time.”
“The USSOCOM Mission Command System programme and our integrated digital ecosystem solution are directly related to CAE’s strategy to leverage our world-class modelling and simulation expertise beyond training to adjacent markets such as mission and operations support,” said Group President, Defense & Security, CAE, Daniel Gelston. “Integrating data analytics, artificial intelligence and digital immersion technologies into a synthetic environment has the ability to create an incredibly powerful tool for analysis, planning, and decision support.”
SOCOM’s Mission Command System will incorporate new solutions developed by CAE that integrate mission operations in a single synthetic environment. –adj/cae/aaa (Photos: CAE)