A Partnership for Progress
MOU signed with CAE to provide F-35 Lightning II training system support and services in Canada
To keep the world’s most advanced fifth generation fighter at the forefront of air power for the next 50 years and beyond, the F-35 Lightning II is backed by a network of global industrial partnerships for maximum cost-effectiveness and flexibility.
That network of partnerships just got a new member: Lockheed Martin officials have signed a memorandum of understanding with CAE to provide F-35 Lightning II training system support and services in Canada.
The agreement adds to the strong Canadian industrial base already contributing to the F-35 program.
Canada is one of nine partner countries working on the development of the F-35 aircraft. More than 70 Canadian companies are working on 200 F-35 projects, totaling more than $500 million already contracted – more than double Canada’s current investment in the F-35 program.
If Canada selects the F-35 as its new fighter aircraft, benefits to Canadian aerospace and defense companies will far exceed the expected investment – it’s expected that Canadian industry will have an estimated $10 billion in opportunities on the program in the coming decades. As the F-35 transitions into full-rate production, opportunities for Canadian industry will evolve throughout the life cycle of the program.
“The F-35 program represents a true collaborative effort among the partner nations and industry,” said Paul Thierry, Lockheed Martin F-35 Sustainment Business Development. “It’s a privilege to welcome CAE to the team that’s united by an unwavering sense of purpose – to deliver the F-35 capability and help secure freedom around the world.”
CAE, a global leader in modeling, simulation and training for civil aviation and defense, will be a preferred provider of in-country F-35 training support, training system integration, operations and maintenance for the Royal Canadian Air Force.
“CAE and Lockheed Martin have a longstanding and successful relationship on other platforms such as the C-130, and we look forward to extending our collaboration should the Government of Canada select the F-35,” said Gene Colabatistto, group president, Military Products, Training and Services at CAE. “CAE is focused on ensuring that the Royal Canadian Air Force has the world-class training services it needs to achieve targeted mission readiness levels.”
Posted on June 17, 2013