SYDNEY, Australia, April 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - (NYSE: CGT; TSX: CAE) - CAE has won contracts from prime contractor EADS CASA and the Commonwealth of Australia valued at approximately AUD$46 million (C$39 million) to provide a turnkey training capability and five years of support services for the Royal Australian Air Force's (RAAF) new A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft. Under terms of the contract with EADS CASA, CAE will provide an A330 MRTT full flight and mission simulator (FFMS), a new training facility, and a CAE Simfinity(R)-based mission systems trainer. In addition, CAE has signed an initial agreement directly with the Commonwealth of Australia to provide five years of support services for the A330 MRTT training systems. The provision of support services will be contracted as part of CAE's existing Management and Support of Australian Defence Forces (ADF) Aerospace Simulators (MSAAS) contract. "For EADS CASA, it is very satisfying to have CAE on board for the Australian Tanker Program", said Miguel A. Morell, A330 MRTT Australia Program Director. "The contract with CAE for the development of the latest generation of full flight and mission simulator in conjunction with construction of a new training centre facility is a major milestone for the program and another step for EADS CASA toward the successful achievement of providing the RAAF with the most advanced MRTT Tanker anywhere in the world." "This adds another full flight and mission simulator to the RAAF's stable of simulators provided and supported by CAE", said Air Vice-Marshal Clive Rossiter, Head of the Aerospace Systems Division for the RAAF. "The ability to roll the support arrangements for this simulator into an existing multi- simulator support contract offered benefits to both parties." The A330 MRTT simulator will be delivered to RAAF Amberley in Queensland in 2009. The RAAF is acquiring five A330 aircraft that will serve as refueling tankers as well as strategic airlift aircraft capable of carrying troops and cargo. "This is a key win for CAE in Australia and we're pleased to continue our long-standing relationship with the RAAF as their provider of high-fidelity airlift and tanker training solutions," said Alan Johnson, Managing Director of CAE's Military Simulation and Training operation in Australia. "CAE is a leading provider of simulators for Airbus aircraft and we have established an excellent relationship with EADS CASA on the A330 MRTT program for Australia, which should position us for possible future tanker opportunities." CAE is a world-leading provider of simulation and modelling technologies for civil aviation and military customers. With annual revenues of approximately C$1 billion, the company operates in 18 countries around the world. CAE has sold nearly 700 simulators and training devices to airlines, aircraft manufacturers, training centres and defence forces for air and ground purposes in more than 40 countries. With over 100 full-flight simulators in more than 20 aviation training centres serving approximately 3,500 airlines, aircraft operators and manufacturers across the globe, CAE is a world leader in aviation, maintenance and crew training services. CAE licences its simulation software to various market segments and has a professional services division assisting customers with wide-ranging simulation-based needs.
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