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CAE to upgrade C-130J simulator for Royal Australian Air Force

C-130J fuselage trainer
CAE-delivered C-130J fuselage trainer at RAAF Richmond

Defense technology company CAE Australia has received an AU$26 million contract to upgrade an aircraft simulator and other training systems as part of the Royal Australian Air Force’s C-130J block upgrade program at RAAF Base Richmond, New South Wales.

“This will equip defense with a state-of-the-art C-130J aircraft simulator so that our air force can access the highest quality of training available,” Australian defense industry minister Melissa Price said.

“A modern training system closely aligned with the upgraded C-130J aircraft configuration is essential to providing a robust and safe capability.

Minister Price said the contract would also create seven new full-time jobs over the next four years.

“The first students will commence training on the new simulator and training systems in early 2023, which is designed to train 16 pilots, 8 loadmasters and up to 100 maintenance crew each calendar year,” Minister Price said.

CAE provided the RAAF C-130J full-flight and mission simulator (FFMS) used at RAAF Base Richmond, as well as CAE Simfinity desktop trainers and instructor tools used as part of the RAAF’s C-130J groundschool. The company also provides a range of training services on-site at RAAF Richmond to support the RAAF’s C-130J training program, including simulator and live flying instruction and maintenance services.