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CAE to supply additional PC-21 mission simulator to the French Air Force


CAE announced that it signed a contract amendment last February with Cognac Formation Aero, a joint venture between Babcock France and Dassault Aviation, to provide an additional Pilatus PC-21 ground mission simulator to support pilot training.

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CAE to supply additional PC 21 mission simulator to the French Air Force Similar to the first two PC-21 ground mission simulators, the new PC-21 simulator will have a PC-21 cockpit provided by Pilatus, which will integrate a series of CAE simulation and synthetic environment technologies, including including the CAE Medallion-6000 image generator, the open database architecture of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC CDB), and the computer generated forces software (Picture source: CAE)


French Air Force pilot training is provided under a program led by the DGA, the French supply agency known as FOMEDEC (Formation Modernisée des Équipages de Chasse / Modernized Training of Hunting Crews).

The Program is designed to train future pilots of fighter planes for the French Air Force. CAE won a subcontract to develop a complete PC-21 ground training system, which was delivered in 2019 and which included two PC-21 mission simulators and a series of partial task training devices PC-21.

"The addition of a third PC-21 mission simulator will significantly increase the synthetic training capabilities of the French Air Force at the Cognac-Châteaubernard air base," said Marc-Olivier Sabourin, vice President and General Manager, Defense and International Security at CAE. "The PC-21 ground training system plays a critical role in the overall training program and an additional PC-21 mission simulator will provide more flexibility while contributing to more efficient flight training on the fleet." PC-21 aircraft. "

Similar to the first two PC-21 ground mission simulators, the new PC-21 simulator will have a PC-21 cockpit provided by Pilatus, which will integrate a series of CAE simulation and synthetic environment technologies, including including the CAE Medallion-6000 image generator, the open database architecture of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC CDB), and the computer generated forces software. The new PC-21 mission simulator will be delivered in 2022 to the Cognac-Châteaubernard air base in southwest France. CAE is currently providing on-site support and maintenance services on the PC-21 ground training system and will continue to provide these services on the new simulator.

The Program, managed by Babcock France in partnership with Dassault Aviation, provides a complete training solution for French Air Force pilots as well as the supply and support of 17 PC-21 training aircraft, systems PC-21 ground training and modernized training facilities.


CAE to supply additional PC 21 mission simulator to the French Air Force 2 CAE PC-21 full mission simulator (Picture source: CAE)