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BAE Systems teams with Beechcraft and CAE for AIR 5428 solution

T-6C in front of hangar
Williamtown, Australia: BAE Systems has teamed with Beechcraft and CAE in a bid to deliver the Air 5428 project – the Australian Defence Force’s (ADF’s) new pilot training system.

The team will provide a total flight training solution that brings together BAE Systems’ extensive training, systems integration and sustainment capabilities; CAE’s leading simulation, training and support services; and Beechcraft’s renowned T-6C mission system.

BAE Systems General Manager Aviation Solutions John Quaife said BAE Systems, Beechcraft and CAE will offer the ADF a strong, experienced and complementary team that understands the Australian environment and the training requirements of the Navy, Army and Air Force.

“Since 1992, BAE Systems’ training specialists have helped deliver flight screening and basic flight training for the ADF,” Mr Quaife said. 

“Beechcraft and BAE Systems are also working together to support pilot training for the United States Navy on the T-6 mission system.

“Designed to meet the needs of undergraduate pilot training for the United States, Canada and other NATO air forces, the T-6C has amassed more than two million flying hours and has proven its ability as a versatile, cost-effective platform.

“CAE has extensive experience delivering and supporting T-6 training systems and proven partnerships with BAE Systems. The recent selection of CAE to provide three new full-mission simulators for the Hawk Lead-In Fighter is testament to its technical capability and local support it brings to the team.

“These experiences and our combined track record in military flight training, complex project management and mission systems sustainment mean we can offer the Commonwealth a low risk, value for money solution to train the world’s best military aviators at a location of its choosing.”

BAE Systems also provides a range of military flight training to the Republic of Singapore Air Force, Royal Brunei Air Force, Papua New Guinea Defence Force and Royal Saudi Air Force.

Beechcraft designs, builds and supports the T-6 military training aircraft, the most proven and cost-effective primary aviation training system available today, and operated by eight air forces.

CAE is a global leader in modelling, simulation and training for defence and civil aviation. The company currently delivers training systems and services on a range of platforms for the ADF, including the B350, C-130J, KC-30A, AP-3C and others.