Is it real, or is it CAE USA? A subsidiary of Canadian company CAE Inc., CAE USA makes flight simulators and trainers for military and civilian planes and helicopters. Products include flight and weapons simulators and tactical air defense trainers. Its systems reproduce instruments, controls, and mission operator stations, and offer computerized visual simulations with realistic, high-resolution images. CAE USA is home to the C-130 full-mission simulator training center; it operates 20 or so civil aviation and military training training sites throughout the country. Customers include Airbus, Boeing, FedEx Corporation, Lockheed Martin, the US Navy and US Air Force, and the UK's Royal Air Force.
According to the US Air Force, live training costs almost 10 times more than simulation-based training. CAE USA's products and services are positioned to benefit as defense budgets are reevaluated and the global economy slowly recovers. Branching out in early 2011, CAE USA acquired RTI International's Technology Assisted Leaning (TAL) business unit. TAL bolts on training to maintain the US Army's fleet of ground vehicles, expanding CAE USA's land simulation and training offerings.
In the meantime, CAE USA and Lockheed Martin are partnered in a contract with the US Air Force C-130J Maintenance and Aircrew Training and the C-130E/H Aircrew Training system programs to provide training support services. The company has also been awarded an $18 million contract from the US Army Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training, and Instrumentation to provide necessary upgrades for Special Operation Aviation.
Formerly known as Reflectone (and owned by BAE), the company was acquired by CAE Inc. in 2001. – less