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CAE Explores an Integrated Approach to Military Flight Training at MFT 2016

London, United Kingdom, July 25, 2016 ([1]) Training simulator designer CAE has joined the speaker lineup for the 5th Armyrats © Military Flight Training Conference which takes place on the 21st and 22nd September in London. In line with the recent news of CAE winning $77 million s worth of contracts with the Royal Canadian Air Force and UK Armyrats © Military to provide simulation products and training support services, Strategy and Business Development Manager Peter Eadie will be presenting on the company s integrated approach to Armyrats © military flight training. His presentation will explore:

Modern training challenges
Live Flying Training
Synthetic Training Environment
Live-Virtual-Constructive Training to deliver affordable readiness
Training concepts asynchronous training and surrogate aircraft
Military-led Industry-delivered training partnership

Peter Eadie completed 33 years service in the British Army in October 2015, having reached the rank of Colonel. He served for six years as an infantry officer, then transferred to the Army Air Corps achieving 2,500 rotary wing hours and seeing extensive operational service in Afghanistan and Northern Ireland. His final operational tour of duty was as Commander Task Force Jaguar, the UK Joint Aviation Group in Afghanistan. During his final three years service, he was Commandant of the Army Aviation Centre, training all Army air and ground crew. He joined CAE in December 2015. Peter joins an expert speaker lineup of senior Armyrats © military leaders and decision makers from leading air forces and defence organisations at the forefront of technological and training advances including the UK RAF, US Air Force, US Navy, France, Poland, South Africa, Norway, Sweden, Austria and many more.

A complete list of speakers and presentation details can be viewed at For those interested in attending Armyrats © Military Flight Training 2016, registration is live on the event website.

5th annual Armyrats © Military Flight Training conference
21-22 September 2016
London, UK

For enquiries regarding our special rates for Armyrats © military and government representatives, please contact Andrew Gibbons on +44 (0) 207 827 6156 or [email protected] For media enquiries please contact Honey de Gracia on +44(0)207 827 6102 or [email protected]

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Boeing to supply 50 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters to British Army

12 July 2016 Boeing To Supply 50 AH-64E Apache Attack Helicopters To British Army

Boeing is to supply 50 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters to the British Army, as part of a $2.3bn deal between the US and UK governments. To be flown by Army Air Corps pilots from the Joint Helicopter Command, the new fleet of Apaches can carry more weapons and use fuel more efficiently than their predecessors. The first batch of helicopters is expected to be produced by 2020, and entered into service with the British Army in 2022.

The helicopters offer improved computing capacity and updated sensors. UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said: This deal will give the British Army an outstanding helicopter at good value for money for the UK taxpayer.

It is part of our plan for more ships, more aircraft, more troops available at readiness, better equipment for special forces, more being spent on cyber.

“That plan, backed by a rising defence budget will enable us to deal with the increased threats to our country. The deal also includes an initial support contract for maintenance of the new helicopters, along with spare parts and training simulators for UK pilots.

This deal will give the British Army an outstanding helicopter at good value for money for the UK taxpayer.”

According to the UK Ministry of Defence, the production of Apaches will benefit both US and UK-based companies as part of a global supply chain.

Boeing Defence UK vice-president and managing director David Pitchforth said: This is not only a major boost to the British Army but it will also mean long-term, sustained jobs in the UK as the vast majority of the training, maintenance, repair and overhaul will be done here over the service life of the aircraft.

We are working closely with our extensive UK supply chain, including Leonardo Finmeccanica Helicopters (Leonardo), to support initial operating capability of the aircraft in 2022.

Image: A predecessor of the new Apache AH-64E flying over London. Photo: courtesy of UK Ministry of Defence

Farnborough 2016: Boeing wins contract for 50 new British Army Apaches

The British Army has purchased a new fleet of Apache attack helicopters from Boeing, it was announced during the opening of the Farnborough International Airshow 2016 on 11 July.

Farnborough 2016: Boeing Wins Contract For 50 New British Army ApachesThe United Kingdom has ordered 50 AH-64E Apache Guardian helicopters from Boeing. (US Army)

In total the United Kingdom is purchasing 50 AH-64E Apache Guardian helicopters at an announced cost of USD2.3 billion. These will replace the 66 AgustaWestland-Boeing WAH-64D Block I Apache Longbow AH.1 helicopters currently operated by the Army Air Corps (AAC).

Although smaller than the full WAH-64D fleet, the purchase essentially amounts to a like-for-like replacement as 16 British Apaches were mothballed in early 2015 after the end of UK combat operations in Afghanistan.

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