CAE Maritime Middle East (CAE MME), CAE’s Abu Dhabi-based joint venture company, is delivering a range of services to provide academic, simulator and live flying training for the UAE Air Force’s fleet of RQ-1E PREADTOR remotely piloted aircraft (RPA), the company announced at the UMEX/SIMTEX conference on 25 February.
In recent months, UAE aircrews have completed several courses developed by CAE MME, including RPA Sensor Operator Fundamentals and RPA Aircrew Fundamentals courses. In addition, the first class of cadets at the Khalifa Bin Zayad Air College will shortly complete the RPA Fundamentals course jointly developed by CAE MME and the college.
The initial courses are teaching unmanned aerial systems (UAS) concepts, including flight characteristics and sensor theory. They cover different types of unmanned systems and general aviation concepts as well as operational concepts for deploying RPA to support operations. The company is currently establishing a training centre for the UAE Air Force where all RPA type conversion and mission training will be conducted. CAE has designed and developed the courseware and comprehensive curriculum for academic training and will soon begin delivering courses specific to the UAE Air Force’s RQ-1E PREDATOR medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) RPA. To support the ground-based training system, CAE has already delivered desktop trainers and will be delivering a full suite of additional synthetic training equipment, including UAS mission trainers and high-fidelity, type-specific mission trainers.
In addition to delivering the classroom and simulator training, CAE MME instructors will provide the live flying instruction for UAE PREDATOR aircrews. Recently, a cadre of CAE MME instructors completed General Atomics’ intensive RPA live-flying training programme in Yuma, AZ, and were qualified specifically on the RQ-1E PREDATOR.
“We are pleased to contribute to the training and proficiency of UAE Air Force and Air Defence personnel on the way to becoming remotely piloted aircraft pilots and sensor operators. RPA systems have become a critical asset for modern combat operations, and they require highly skilled aircrews. CAE is honoured the UAE Air Force selected us to develop and deliver a comprehensive training program for their remotely piloted aircraft,” stated CAE’s Vice President and General Manager, Middle East/Asia-Pacific, Ian Bell.