CAE and Textron Aviation Defense sign MOU to expand collaboration and enhance next-generation training

14 September 2023

Today, during the Defence and Security Equipment International conference, CAE has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in partnership with Textron Aviation Defense LLC, marking an expansion of their collaborative efforts to bolster defense force preparedness, integrate cutting-edge aircraft, and cultivate advanced capabilities. The alliance between CAE and Textron Aviation Defense directly addresses the pressing demand for military-focused flight training services that harness emerging technology and innovative teaching methodologies to enhance the next-generation T-6 training ecosystem.

Marc-Olivier Sabourin, Vice President of CAE Defense & Security, International, underscored the significance of industry collaboration, stating, "Effective industry collaboration is critical to advance training and simulation that will enable agile and efficient customer-driven solutions." Sabourin added that CAE is deeply committed to innovation and data analytics required to propel digital technology and integration forward. Collaborating with industry partners enables them to harness their collective strengths to deliver crucial readiness solutions for defense forces.

The combined expertise of Textron Aviation Defense and CAE is poised to confront the training challenges currently affecting air forces worldwide, including issues such as pilot shortages, a deficit of instructor pilots, and escalating aircraft operation and maintenance expenses. The application of emerging technologies and adaptive teaching approaches aims to address critical concerns such as cost-effectiveness, increased student throughput, student-centric learning, and the workload of instructors.

Brett Pierson, President and CEO of Textron Aviation Defense, highlighted the shared vision of Textron Aviation Defense and CAE to provide integrated training systems that support military pilot production on a global scale. Pierson emphasized the powerful combination of the Beechcraft T-6C Texan II, renowned for its track record in delivering basic, intermediate, and advanced military flight training, with CAE's wealth of experience, cutting-edge training expertise, and human-learning technology. Together, they aim to empower training organizations with highly effective, efficient, and reliable training capabilities that produce world-class military aviators.

CAE and Textron Aviation Defense remain committed to advancing, integrating, and facilitating training transformation throughout the entire process, from analysis and design to execution and evaluation, ensuring force readiness for current and future platforms.