CAE UK has been awarded a contract by Boeing to provide Poseidon MRA1 training support services to the Royal Air Force (RAF).

The initial five-year contract, awarded during CAE’s fourth quarter of fiscal year 2021, calls for CAE UK to provide a range of instructors and console operators to support the delivery of training at the Boeing-built Poseidon Strategic Facility located at RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland. The Boeing P-8A, designated the Poseidon MRA1 for the RAF, is a multi-role Maritime Patrol Aircraft designed for Anti-Submarine Warfare, Anti-Surface Unit Warfare, surveillance and search and rescue missions.

CAE RAF Lossiemouth
CAE UK will provide training support services for Royal Air Force Poseidon MRA1 aircrew at RAF Lossiemouth following a contract award from Boeing. (Photo: Trevor Sheehan)

“We are pleased to partner with Boeing to deliver this critical training to the Royal Air Force,” said Andrew Naismith, Managing Director, CAE UK. “The Poseidon will play a key role in the intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance capabilities for the UK and it requires highly trained aircrew to fully maximize these capabilities. We look forward to playing a key role in the preparation and readiness of the aircrew who will operate the Poseidon for the RAF.”

Under terms of the contract, CAE UK will provide a range of rear crew and engineering instructors.  Rear crew instructors will deliver training on acoustics, electronic warfare and other sensor and mission systems on the Poseidon.  Engineering instructors will deliver training on avionics and other systems required for the maintenance and operation of the aircraft. In addition, CAE UK will provide console operators and controllers who will perform role playing and support functions during training and mission rehearsal exercises.

Boeing will provide the flight instructors to train Poseidon pilots. A significant portion of the pilot training will take place in the two Poseidon Operational Flight Trainers (OFTs) jointly developed by CAE and Boeing.  CAE designs and manufactures the Poseidon OFT hardware to Level D standards, the highest qualification for flight simulators.

CAE's global presence includes approximately 10,000 employees, and 160 sites and training locations in more than 35 countries. The company's Defence & Security business unit focuses on helping prepare customers to develop and maintain the highest levels of mission readiness.  This world-class training and mission systems integrator offers a comprehensive portfolio of training and operational support solutions across multi-domain operations – air, land, sea, space and cyber. CAE's regional operations can be found in Canada, the United States/Latin America, Europe/Middle East, and Asia-Pacific.