General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft, tactical reconnaissance radars, and electro-optic surveillance systems, and CAE, a world leader in simulation and mission training systems, today announced that the companies have signed a Memorandum of Understandin to explore working together to integrate CAEís simulation systems with GA-ASIís RPA for the purpose of offering international customers a comprehensive training solution.
GA-ASI and CAE have been teamed for the past two years to offer the Predator B and/or Predator C Avenger RPA to meet Canadaís Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition, and Reconnaissance needs.
We are pleased to expand our partnership with CAE to focus on international opportunities beyond Canada, enabling us to offer a global training solution for our aircraft,î said Frank Pace, president, Aircraft Systems Group, GA-ASI. ìCAEís expertise in modeling and simulation technologies and integrated training services, including extensive experience in aircraft mission training systems and simulators for RPA, is a strong complement to GA-ASI’s proficiency in the design and manufacture of proven, reliable aircraft systems and Ground Control Systems.
Specifically, GA-ASI and CAE will explore collaboration to develop an Unmanned Aircraft System Mission Training System for PredatorÆ B/MQ-9/Reaper, Predator C AvengerÆ, and Predator XP. In addition, if the agreement results in a training partnership, this may assist GA-ASI in satisfying its anticipated Canadian Industrial and Regional Benefits obligations related to the potential procurement of the companyís RPA under Canadaís Joint Unmanned Surveillance and Target Acquisition System program.
This planned collaboration helps demonstrate GA-ASIís commitment to Canadian industry and to the key industrial capabilities that they offer globally. Through this partnership, CAE and other Canadian suppliers may have greater opportunities in the rapidly growing unmanned global market. These opportunities, if realized, will strengthen the Canadian defence industrial base directly, protecting Canadaís economic and security interests while creating high-quality and innovative jobs for Canadians in this critical defence industry.
We are pleased to be able to work on expanding our existing relationship with GA-ASI for the JUSTAS program pursuit in Canada and now begin discussions on offering a world-class training solution to international operators of the companyís Remotely Piloted Aircraft, said Gene Colabatistto, group president, Military Products, Training and Services, CAE. ìAs unmanned systems continue to take on increasing importance on todayís battlefield and become more complex to operate, there is a growing need for simulation-based training. Our UAS mission training systems, including our new UAS Mission Trainer product, are ideal for training and preparing the entire mission crew in a cost-effective synthetic environment.
The GA-ASI/CAE effort will focus initially on exploring the integration of GA-ASIís GCS and aircraft system with CAEís UAS Mission Trainer, including aircraft and sensor control and mission execution. In parallel, GA-ASI and CAE jointly may market the prospective integrated simulator/training systems to international customers.