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CAE Australia secures RAN training contract

CAE Australia secures RAN training contract

The Sydney-based defence firm has been selected to deliver new training systems to the Royal Australian Navy.

The Sydney-based defence firm has been selected to deliver new training systems to the Royal Australian Navy.

Defence has awarded a $50 million Navy Training Force Platforms and Systems Training contract to CAE Australia for the delivery of essential platform and system training to Royal Australian Navy (RAN) personnel ashore.

The program aims to prepare the RAN for a planned expansion of the workforce to 20,000 personnel by 2040.

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Specifically, the project aims to combine training services for the Canberra Class landing helicopter dock (LHD) ships, Hobart Class guided missile destroyers, Supply Class auxiliary oiler replenishment vessels, Huon Class minehunters, and related cross-platform courses.

The projects were previously split into separate contracts, with this new approach tipped to offer new opportunities for innovation and efficiency in training content and delivery.

“Consolidating platform and systems training into a single contract will allow Navy to deliver trained sailors to the fleet faster than ever before, generating a capable, productive and skilled workforce,” Assistant Minister for Defence Matt Thistlethwaite said.

“The new training model will be flexible and based on-shore, meaning Navy personnel will spend less time away from home and have greater access to training that suits their needs.”

This latest CAE contract comes just over a month after the company announced it would team up with Boeing to explore opportunities to bolster the mission readiness of defence customers deploying Boeing military aircraft.

This includes delivering pilot training, aircrew ground school, in-service support, and instructor training.

[Related: Raytheon Australia wins RAAF Super Hornet, Growler training contract]

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