With its partnership training organisation in Dubai, Emirates/CAE Flight Training, simulation giant CAE (stand E224) is putting down roots in the Gulf and Middle East region. Group president military products and training services Martin Gagne says the company has 130 full-time employees based in the area.

The training centre is shortly to receive two CAE full-flight simulators, both for high-end business jets. One is for the Hawker 800XPI and the other for the Bombardier Global Express.

Other new orders being serviced in the region include part-task trainers and integrated procedures trainers for the Royal Saudi Air Force and the United Arab Emirates Air Force. These are CAE Simfinity series flat panel devices that will be used to train air refueller officers and mission co-ordinators for the Airbus A330 multi-role tanker transport (MRTT).

Also in the region, for an unnamed customer that operates Lockheed C-130H Hercules tactical transport aircraft, CAE is supplying a complete suite of training products up to a level D FFS. The customer has had the H model's cockpit upgraded using liquid crystal displays.

For the Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO), CAE is providing a pair of Super Lynx 300 full mission simulators.

Meanwhile, the company believes it will be well-positioned to meet the demand for training devices for the NH Industries NH90 military helicopter ordered by the RAFO and potentially other military services in the region.

CAE's confidence, says Gagne, comes from the fact that it has been chosen as the provider of NH90 simulators in a joint venture with Thales to three of the type's customers, France, the Netherlands and Australia.

In addition, with several customers in the region looking for advanced military fixed-wing trainers, Gagne points out that CAE has a good relationship with Aermacchi, manufacturer of the M-346 advanced trainer.

Gagne says that CAE is doing progressively more work on modelling systems according to customer requirements well beyond aircraft or vehicle simulation, entering the regions of military or civil command and control, enabling concepts to be tried out before they are adopted.

Source: Flight Daily News