• A RAAF C-130J over Afghanistan.
    A RAAF C-130J over Afghanistan. Defence

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.

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.

“This partnership demonstrates CAE Australia’s in-country expertise in this field, and their commitment to supporting these Air Force capabilities.”

“The first students will commence training on the new simulator and training systems in early 2023, which is designed to train 16 pilots, 8 loadmasters and up to 100 maintenance crew each calendar year,” Minister Price said.

RAAF’s C-130Js last made news when an aircraft landed at Wilkins Aerodrome in Antarctica, marking one of its longest ever flights. The C-130J was able to complete the 6,900 kilometre return flight from Hobart using two additional external fuel tanks fitted beneath the wings.

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