This year, CAE is celebrating its 70th anniversary, meaning 70 years of training innovation. The company’s vision is to be recognised as, “the global training partner of choice in helping our customers enhance safety, improve efficiency, and maintain readiness,” the company states. CAE is a world-class training systems integrator that offers a range of turnkey training solutions across the air, naval, land, public safety and healthcare domains.
At I/ITSEC 2017, some of CAE’s latest training technologies and capabilities that help enable integrated, interoperable and immersive mission training are showcased. Demonstrations at the CAE booth include: Integrated Live-Virtual-Constructive (LVC) training developed and demonstrated in cooperation with Rockwell Collins; Naval Combat System Simulators and remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) training systems, both of which also take part in the CAE/Rockwell Collins LVC demonstration, as well as the third annual Operation Blended Warrior (OBW) LVC event, taking place throughout this I/ITSEC; Virtual/Augmented Reality (VR/AR) highlighting an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Ground Control Station (GCS - CAE is using VR/AR to showcase a virtual ground control station for a UAS. This cost-effective mid-fidelity training solution can be used for familiarisation and procedural training, thus freeing high-value ground control stations for more advanced training and operational use. The virtual GCS provides a walk-through of a ground control station with the ability to highlight major components and functions); T-100 Integrated Training System that is being offered by the Leonardo DRS-led T-100 team pursuing the US Air Force (USAF) T-X programme; CAE Healthcare patient and surgical simulation systems.
CAE (booth #1734) and Rockwell Collins (booth #2201) are jointly demonstrating an integrated LVC mission training exercise. A live-flying Rockwell Collins L-29 aircraft is networked with a variety of virtual simulators and constructive forces to demonstrate an integrated, joint, multi-dimensional mission training environment. Virtual players include CAE Naval Combat System Simulators and RPA/UAS simulators in the CAE booth; F-18 and airborne surveillance virtual players in the Rockwell Collins booth; a variety of constructive elements representing enemy and friendly forces; and a white force mission commander managing the entire exercise from the CAE booth.
For the third consecutive year, CAE is again featured prominently in the OBW LVC event, where the company is leading the maritime segment of OBW LVC. The CAE Naval Combat System Simulators (NCSS) being demonstrated perform an anti-submarine warfare (ASW) mission where the NCSS prosecutes an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV). The NCSS is also launching torpedoes at the enemy AUVs, as well as assisting other players in the maritime scenario by using its radar to provide situational awareness in locating hostile surface threats and missiles. Also during OBW LVC, CAE Healthcare is participating in an aeromedical evacuation exercise (see below).
At I/ITSEC, CAE showcases part of the T-100 ground-based training system for the USAF T-X programme, where Leonardo DRS leads the T-100 team that includes CAE USA, Leonardo Aircraft and Honeywell. “With the T-100 the next generation of fighter pilots will practice on the world’s most advanced customer-proven integrated training system,” company literature reads. The T-100, based on the low-risk and proven Leonardo M-346 that is already in operation with Italy, Singapore, Israel and Poland, has one of the most up-to-date cockpit-embedded tactical training systems and integrates with other aircraft and ground-based training systems to accelerate learning, add realism and deliver a cost-effective and efficient pilot training system.
CAE Healthcare produces patient, ultrasound and surgical simulators as well as audiovisual and center management solutions for debrief, curriculum and custom training solutions. For quick and easy integration into training programmes, the CAE Healthcare Academy has developed Tactical Medical Care (TMC), Emergency Medical Care and Aeromedical (AE) Care scenarios for its patient simulators. At I/ITSEC, CAE Healthcare showcases its patient and surgical simulation as well as participate in the OBW LVC event; CAE APOLLO has a realistic airway, bleeding ports, and advanced CPR analysis for patient assessment and care; CAE iStan is air-worthiness certified by the USAF and supports mechanical ventilation as well as VitalsBridge integration with real patient monitoring equipment; CAESAR is CAE’s rugged, durable and water-resistant trauma patient simulator, allowing practice of point-of-injury care within challenging conditions;
CAE JUNO is a versatile clinical skills training manikin for nursing that can be used for task training, patient care practice and emergency scenarios; Strategic Operations (STOPS) EMS TCCC/Surgical Cut Suit is designed to prepare medical providers to treat and repair battlefield injuries; CAE’s Aeromedical Evacuation Training System, currently in service with the USAF, is a comprehensive and cost-effective training solution specifically designed for the aeromedical mission.
On 10 November, CAE reported revenue of $646.0 million for the second quarter of fiscal year 2018, compared with $635.5 million in the second quarter last year. Second quarter net income attributable to equity holders from continuing operations was $65.2 million ($0.24 per share) compared to $48.3 million ($0.18 per share) last year. Excluding the gain on the divestiture of the Zhuhai Flight Training Centre (ZFTC), net income in the second quarter would have been $58.2 million ($0.22 per share).
Second quarter total segment operating income was $109.3 million ($95.0 million before ZFTC gain) compared with $85.8 million in the second quarter last year. All financial information is in Canadian dollars unless otherwise indicated.
“Our performance in the quarter continues to support our full year outlook,” Marc Parent, CAE's President and Chief Executive Officer, said. “The high level of business activity we are experiencing adds to our confidence. In the quarter, we had continued strong results in Civil and we are seeing positive momentum in Defence and Healthcare. Total orders for the quarter reached $931 million, with more than half coming from our Defence customers. Overall, the environment remains favourable for CAE and we expect to continue winning our fair share from a large pipeline of opportunities.”
I/ITSEC is showcasing the future of innovation across defences and www.monch.com/mpg/news/iitsec17.html brings together key developments from the show. For more information please see MILITARY TECHNOLOGY #12/2017, available on booth #257; and frequently check back for more NEWS FROM THE FLOOR.