Air Force awards $20M for drone training

The U.S. Air Force awarded a $20 million contract with four one-year options to CAE USA to provide aircrew training services for the MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircrafts. The services will be delivered to approximately 1,500 pilots and sensor operators at four Air Force bases.

"The use of unmanned and remotely piloted aircraft is playing a much more prominent role in military operations, and this requires highly trained and mission-ready aircrews," said Ray Duquette, CAE president and general manager. Training will include classroom, simulator and live flying instruction as well as courseware development.

The Predator and Reaper are capable of performing coordination, reconnaissance and strike missions. They are deployed primarily for intelligence collection but also against dynamic execution targets.

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