CAE Lands Drone Training Contract

Reaper Aircraft Flies Without Pilot From Creech AF

 Airmen operate an MQ-9 Reaper at Creech Air Force Base, Nev. (Getty Images)

CAE has been awarded a contract to provide training for US Air Force unmanned aerial systems.

The contract, worth $100 million over a five-year stretch, provides instructors, live training and coursework for pilots of the MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper drones, both designed by General Atomics.

For the Quebec-based CAE, the contract is a return to its roots. The company won its first five-year contract for this training in 1998 and held on to it in during a recompete in 2003. But in 2008, the Air Force limited competition to small businesses only, knocking CAE out of the running. After opening it to all companies this year, the service announced that CAE beat out five other companies in a Tuesday contract announcement.

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