CAE USA will work to help the U.S. Air Force implement unmanned aerial vehicle pilot qualification courses under a potential $20 million contract with one base year and four option years.
The company won the contract during the second quarter of its 2014 fiscal year and will also help develop an instructional management system and courseware for use primarily at Holloman Air Force Base, CAE said Thursday.
Training at bases in California, New Mexico, New York and Nevada will involve classroom sessions as well as live and simulated drills to operate remote-controlled MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper aircraft.
“The use of unmanned and remotely piloted aircraft is playing a much more prominent role in military operations, and this requires highly trained and mission-ready aircrews,” said Ray Duquette, president and general manager of CAE USA.
“We look forward to supporting the combat readiness for the USAF’s Air Combat Command Predator and Reaper aircrews,” he added.
Nearly 1,500 MQ-1 and MQ-9 pilots and support crew train each year at the Creech, Holloman, Hancock Field Air National Guard and March Air Reserve military bases.
The UAVs are designed with targeting systems that work to provide defense forces data and information for intelligence and surveillance missions.