09 April 2015
RAAF C130J simulator (photo : RAAF)
In support of the Royal Australian Air Force's (RAAF) tactical role enhancement program for the C-130J, CAE has been awarded a series of contracts from Australia's Defence Material Organisation (DMO) and Lockheed Martin to upgrade and enhance elements of the C-130J training system at RAAF Base Richmond.
CAE is upgrading the tactical environment software in the CAE-built C-130J full-flight and mission simulator (FFMS) to enable the RAAF to create more realistic training scenarios and leverage the Common Database (CDB) capabilities for mission training and rehearsal. In addition, CAE is updating the mission brief/debrief system on the C-130J FFMS using CAE Flightscape software to enhance training system effectiveness.
CAE is providing CAE Simfinity desktop trainers and instructor tools to bring high-fidelity virtual training to the RAAF's C-130J groundschool. CAE Simfinity Virtual Simulators (VSIM) and simulation-based courseware will support additional virtual training in the classroom for both pilots and loadmasters.
Finally, under a subcontract from Lockheed Martin, CAE will provide CAE Simfinity Virtual Maintenance Trainers (VMT) as part of a modern electronic learning environment for RAAF C-130J maintainers.
"We rely on our C-130J Hercules to fly in some of the toughest flying environments on earth, and deliver effective results when they arrive," said Air Commodore Warren McDonald, Commander Air Mobility Group, RAAF. "To provide this service, it's essential for our Air Force to have training systems that are flexible, intuitive, and can recreate a wide range of scenarios accurately. New and updated training systems at No. 285 Squadron have significant potential to capitalise on the learning skills of new student aircrew and technicians, who are already heavily exposed to computer-based courseware and simulation devices. Quality training for our C-130J personnel will produce personnel who can continue to meet the high-standards that have been accomplished by RAAF Hercules since 1958."