Montreal-based global training systems integrator, CAE today announced that it has been awarded a contract from General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT) to support Flight School Training Support Services (FSTSS) at Fort Novosel (formerly Fort Rucker), Alabama.
The contract, valued at $455 million, supports the recent $1.7 billion award to GDIT by the US Army Programme Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI) for simulation capabilities and training support services to prepare initial entry-level and graduate-level rotary wing flight training at Fort Novosel.
Under the terms of the 12-year contract, CAE will build and deliver new full-flight simulators for the CH-47F and UH-60M platforms to meet the US Army Aviation Centre of Excellence’s rotary‑wing simulation services requirements. In addition to owning and operating the new training devices, CAE will also implement CH-47F and UH‑60M software configurations for reconfigurable collective training devices.
“Proven US Army training success at our Dothan Training Centre for fixed-wing aviators and the expertise delivered through Flight School XXI and Advanced Helicopter Flight Training Services at Fort Novosel allows CAE to expand our trusted training solutions with the FSTSS programme,” says Daniel Gelston, Group President, CAE Defense & Security. “It is our honour to provide training and simulation to all Army pilots, both fixed- and rotary-wing, to enhance mission readiness.”
Located at the US Army Aviation Centre of Excellence (USAACE), the FSTSS programme represents the world’s largest helicopter simulation training programme, replacing the former Flight School XXI (FSXXI) programme, which supported simulation and training for nearly two decades. The FSXXI programme trains approximately 3,900 Army aviators annually, bringing Initial Entry Rotary Wing (IERW) and graduate-level pilots, crews and units to a higher level of proficiency.—shp/adj/aaa (Image: CAE)