Aeronautics selects CAE as preferred simulation provider for unmanned aerial systems

Washington, DC, USA, August 16, 2011 ” (NYSE: CAE; TSX: CAE) ” CAE and Aeronautics, a leading manufacturer and supplier of unmanned systems, announced today at the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) annual forum that the two companies have signed a strategic teaming agreement making CAE the preferred simulation and mission training solution provider for Aeronautics unmanned aerial systems (UAS).
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The first phase of this strategic teaming agreement will see Aeronautics and CAE focus on the development of a suite of comprehensive UAS mission training solutions for Aeronautics Dominator XP twin engine medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) UAS.  CAEs UAS mission training solutions feature a fully immersive synthetic environment, state-of-the-art sensor simulations, common database (CDB) architecture and additional modelling and simulation capabilities to support the complete mission crew training and rehearsal requirements.
CAE is recognized globally as a leading provider of simulation and integrated training solutions, and we look forward to working with CAE and our customers to apply this expertise to deliver additional mission capabilities for our unmanned systems solutions, said Avi Leumi, CEO of Aeronautics.  As the UAS continues to take on increasing importance, and become more complex and expensive to operate, there is a growing need for training the entire mission crew with increasingly complex and realistic mission profiles. A simulation-based synthetic environment is ideal for meeting these new and evolving requirements.
The strategic teaming agreement between both companies also includes provisions for Aeronautics and CAE to perform analysis and demonstration flights of the Aeronautics Dominator XP UAS in cooperation with key customers. This initiative is expected to be initiated in 2012 at the Alma Quebec Airport as part of the city’s pilot project for the development of a UAS Centre of Excellence.
 
We are delighted that Aeronautics has selected CAE as the mission training solutions partner for its family of unmanned aerial systems, said Martin Gagn, CAEs Group President, Military Products, Training and Services.  The increasing complexity and scope of UAS operations, and the challenging demands placed on pilot and sensor operators as well as mission commanders, creates an opportunity for more realistic and immersive mission training which CAE can deliver.
Aeronautics Ltd. is one of Israel’s largest defence corporations, and second largest unmanned systems provider. With core technologies in the areas of C4I, navigation, communication, and electro-optics, Aeronautics offers its customers a full spectrum of superior unmanned systems. Headquartered in Yavne, Aeronautics is a $200 million business with 700 employees worldwide. www.aeronautics-sys.com
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CAE is a global leader in modeling, simulation and training for civil aviation and defence. The company employs more than 7,500 people at more than 100 sites and training locations in 23 countries.  Through CAEs global network of more than 30 civil aviation, military and helicopter training centres, the company trains more than 80,000 crewmembers yearly. CAEs business is diversified, ranging from the sale of simulation products to providing comprehensive services such as training and aviation services, professional services and in-service support. The company aims to apply its simulation expertise and operational experience to help customers enhance safety, improve efficiency, maintain readiness and solve challenging problems. CAE is now leveraging its simulation capabilities in new markets such as healthcare and mining.  www.cae.com

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