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CAE USA Books $85M in 2Q Military Contracts; Gene Colabatistto Comments

Gene Colabatistto
Gene Colabatistto

CAE USA, a subsidiary of the Montreal-based aerospace and defense contractor, won approximately $85 million in contracts from military customers during the second quarter, including up to $50 million in option awards over the next five years.

The contracts include an option for the fourth year of a training services contract the subsidiary holds with the U.S. Air Force on the KC-135 tanker program, CAE said Tuesday.

That contract covers classroom and simulator instruction and training support services for the KC-135 boom operator weapon systems trainers.

“Our position on enduring platforms like the KC-135 tanker, and various military transport aircraft and helicopters continues to yield opportunities for CAE in the United States and abroad, particularly as our defence and security customers look to leverage simulation for an increasing portion of their training curriculum, ” said Gene Colabatistto, CAE group president for military products, training and services.

“These contracts with multi-year options enhance our visibility in an otherwise hard to predict defence environment.”

For the quarter, CAE won $140 million total in military contracts, including one award to to upgrade the German air force’s mission simulators for its fleet of Tornado aircraft.

The other contract covers work to design and manufacture a military helicopter simulator for an unnamed customer.

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