CAE USA has been awarded a subcontract by Lockheed Martin to support the design, development and manufacture of three C-130J full-mission simulators for USAF Special Operations Command (AFSOC), the company announced on 21 May.

Two of the simulators will be specifically for the MC-130J variant – a multi-mission transport and special operations tanker operated by AFSOC. The other device will be reconfigurable between the MC-130J and EC-130J, a variant used for information operations by AFSOC.

The longstanding relationship between Lockheed Martin and CAE on the design and development of training systems for the C-130J SUPER HERCULES and its variants has proven to be a great partnership for more than two decades now,” commented Ray Duquette, President and General Manager, CAE USA. “The high-fidelity simulation capabilities of these MC-130J and EC-130J full-mission simulators will enable Air Force Special Operations Command to continue increasing the use of synthetic training across the overall training curriculum, which contributes to the safe and cost-effective readiness of the aircrews.”

The MC/EC-130J simulators will be full-motion and accurately simulate the aircraft and its various missions. They recreate the sounds, motion, virtual environment and all other aircraft systems required to provide a high-fidelity, realistic flight training environment. The three devices will be delivered to various air bases in 2023.

Lockheed Martin and CAE have designed and developed a range of C-130J training systems for all branches of the USAF, including Air Mobility Command, Air Combat Command, Air National Guard and AFSOC.

The three simulators will be variously configured to support training for both MC-130J and EC-130J platforms. (Photo: CAE)

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