Canada Department of National Defence, May 29, 2015 - Gagetown, New Brunswick — Canada’s airmen and airwomen operating the CH-146 Griffon will soon have access to modernized training, thanks to major updates to be performed by CAE to the Griffon full-motion flight simulator, located at Canadian Forces Base Gagetown.
The Honourable Keith Ashfield, Member of Parliament for Fredericton, announced today that CAE has been awarded a contract worth more than $7.5 million to perform a major visual system replacement and simulator update.
- CAE Inc. will replace the Full-Motion Flight Simulator Visual System and upgrade the simulator to support current and future aircrew training on the CH-146 Griffon Helicopter.
- CAE Inc. of Montreal will develop the upgrades at their facility in Montreal, and then integrate them into the simulator in Gagetown.
- This contract will employ15 full-time equivalent engineering positions for a two-year period, as well as two full time equivalent manufacturing positions for a one-year period.
- Using simulators for training lowers RCAF operational costs, offers a safe and secure learning environment, and reduces necessary flying hours for training thereby increasing the longevity of the fleet for operational use.
- By 2025, the Royal Canadian Air Force will have a simulation-focused training system which will optimize how RCAF pilots achieve and maintain readiness by taking advantage of advances in both technology and training methods.
- The Griffon fleet serves Canada faithfully by protecting troop convoys during deployed operations, rescuing civilians in the High Arctic, and providing support during natural disasters.
“Our government is committed to supporting the Canadian Armed Forces and we’re determined to provide its men and women with the right equipment to do their jobs. Upgrading aircrew training is an important part of this commitment.” said Jason Kenney, Minister of National Defence
“The New Brunswick community is proud to be home to Griffon training and I am honoured to announce this investment in modernizing the training available for Canada’s brave men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces.” said Keith Ashfield, Member of Parliament for Fredericton