Sydney-based CAE Australia has been awarded a $26 million contract to upgrade an aircraft simulator and other training systems as part of the C-130J Block Upgrade Program at RAAF Base Richmond, New South Wales.
FILE PHOTO (2016): Personnel from 176 Air Dispatch Squadron board a C-130 Hercules training aid at RAAF Base Richmond. Photo by Corporal Oliver Carter.
Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said Defence’s partnership with CAE Australia would deliver game-changing capability for the Air Force.
“This will equip Defence with a state-of-the-art C-130J aircraft simulator so that our Air Force can access the highest quality of training available,” Minister Price said.
“A modern training system closely aligned with the upgraded C-130J aircraft configuration is essential to providing a robust and safe capability.”
Minister Price said the contract would create seven new full-time jobs over the next four years.
“The first students will commence training on the new simulator and training systems in early 2023.
“They are designed to train 16 pilots, eight loadmasters and up to 100 maintenance crew each calendar year,” Minister Price said.