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Canadian AF Establishes Simulation Strategy

Canadian AF Establishes Simulation Strategy

VICTORIA, British Columbia — The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) has released its first long-term simulation strategy, paving the way for the spending of hundreds of millions of dollars on new training initiatives.

Among the systems identified for acquisition are a flight trainer for the RCAF’s CH149 Cormorant helicopters, a variant of the AgustaWestland EH-101, as well as simulators for CC177 transport and the CC150 Polaris aircraft. The CC177 is Canadian terminology for Boeing’s C-17 while the Polaris is a converted Airbus A310 used by the RCAF for transport and refueling.

The strategy would be put in place over the next 10 years and would employ see both virtual training and a networked common synthetic environment, according to RCAF Simulation Strategy 2025, released March 13.

The distributed and networked system could have aircrew at several locations across the country participating in a simulated mission or training event. The strategy also identifies future acquisitions.

“Critical training deficiencies have been identified that require an investment in training systems for the CC177, CC150, and CH149 fleets,” the strategy noted. “These fleets currently conduct their training using outside of Canada training devices, which results in the RCAF having no control over the training content and/or aircraft configurations that are not compatible with RCAF configurations, resulting in negative training.”

To move the strategy forward, the RCAF has created a Directorate of Air Simulation and Training.

The strategy will also look at RCAF aircraft that could be linked in the distributed mission training network. Among those would be the CP140 Aurora maritime surveillance aircraft, which could be integrated with the new CH148 maritime Cyclone helicopter as well as Royal Canadian Navy training assets.

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