CAE has announced Boeing has ordered simulator hardware for an additional P-8A operational flight trainer (OFT) for the UK Royal Air Force.
The P-8 OFTs for the RAF are similar to the same systems that CAE and Boeing have developed for the Royal Australian Air Force, with delivery scheduled for the RAF in 2021, at RAF Base Lossiemouth in Scotland.
“We are pleased to continue supporting Boeing on the development of P-8 training systems for the international customers acquiring this advanced maritime patrol aircraft,” said Ray Duquette, president and general manager, CAE USA.
“The United Kingdom and India will now join the US Navy and Australia in leveraging high-fidelity synthetic training as part of their overall P-8 training curriculum.”
This award follows a contract in 2018 for CAE to design and manufacture the hardware for the first P-8A OFT for the RAF as well as a P-8I OFT for the Indian Navy.
CAE designs and manufactures the OFT hardware to Level D standards, which is the highest qualification for flight simulators, as well as providing the 737-800 OFT software baseline and simulation-based software lab environment that will be used for the P-8 OFT development and integration tasks.
CAE then delivers these simulators to Boeing, which designs, installs and integrates software specific to the P-8 aircraft.
Last year, the RAAF opened its $470 million training facility for the P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft at RAAF Base Edinburgh, the largest such P-8 training facility outside of the US.
It includes two flight simulators, a full-scale fuselage ordnance trainer, two air combat officer trainers, and other synthetic and hands-on training devices.