Global flight training specialist CAE is set to ramp up its expansion in the Australian market, strengthening its focus on developing greater engagement with the nation’s defence forces.
Speaking to Defence Connect, vice president and general manager Middle East and Asia-Pacific of the firm’s defence and security division Ian Bell said his own remit for the local business included establishing closer links with Defence by increasing integration into CAE’s strategy for the next three to four years.
"Trying to enable them to offload some of their, what are seen as support services, the training organisations and such, and take that away," he added, saying this would allow Defence to more effectively use the men and women in uniform where they're needed – in the front line.
"That said, we have a couple of C130 instructors here in Australia who, while they work for CAE, also have a reserve status," Bell added. "If they're needed to fly the live platform, they [can do that] anyway, but if they were needed or called away on operations they can put their reserve uniform on and fly alongside their air force colleagues.
"For us as a company, that's a tremendously proud thing to have in the portfolio."