US Air Force inaugurates KC-135 boom operator training at McConnell AFB, Kansas

CAE Inc. - (NYSE:CAE)(TSX:CAE) - CAE USA today announced that the United States Air Force (USAF) has started KC-135 boom operator training at McConnell Air Force Base (AFB) in Kansas on a new Boom Operator Weapon Systems Trainer (BOWST) for the KC-135 aerial refuelling aircraft.

CAE USA, prime contractor on the KC-135 Aircrew Training System (ATS) program, will deliver the classroom and simulator instruction as part of the overall KC-135 ATS program, as well as provide contractor logistics support and maintenance.

The new KC-135 BOWST, which was developed and delivered by small-business CymSTAR, was officially inaugurated today during a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by Colonel Ricky N. Rupp, Commander, 22nd Air Refueling Wing, McConnell AFB and Ron Bennick, Vice President, Training Services, CAE USA.

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"The KC-135 boom operator weapon systems trainer we are receiving today will play a vital role in helping train our aircrews to meet our global air refueling mission," said Colonel Rupp. "The BOWST represents our continued commitment to using precious resources in order to enhance training while simultaneously cutting costs."

The KC-135 BOWST is the first of nine KC-135 BOWSTs being developed for the United States Air Force. The training device now installed at McConnell AFB is the first to attain the Air Refueling Airplane Simulator Qualification (ARASQ) certification. As the KC-135 BOWSTs are delivered to additional KC-135 training locations, CAE USA will incorporate the training devices into the overall boom operator training program as part of the KC-135 ATS.

"The U.S. Air Force is continually investing in simulation-based training solutions to maintain readiness and lower costs, and the addition of the KC-135 boom operator trainers is yet another example," said Bennick. "CAE is pleased to be the prime contractor delivering comprehensive aircrew training services to the KC-135 community."

Source: CAE
Date: Jan 9, 2012