OTTAWA, ONTARIO, Jul 27, 2012 — Today, John Baird, Member of Parliament for Ottawa West-Nepean and Foreign Affairs Minister, on behalf of the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, and the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada and Minister for Status of Women, announced that the Government of Canada is investing in flight simulation technologies to support the effective training and preparation of Canadian Forces personnel.
The Government is pleased to award a contract for simulation technical investigation and engineering services (SIM TIES) to CAE Inc.’s Professional Services division in Ottawa. The contract covers support for experiments, mission rehearsals, demonstrations, exercises, as well as operational and maintenance training. This contract supports up to 25 skilled jobs in Ottawa.
“Defending our interests on the world stage is rooted in the work we do right here at home,” said Minister Baird. “This project not only ensures that our Canadian Forces personnel have the most cutting-edge training opportunities to prepare them for operations, it helps to support jobs and growth right here in our community.”
“This Government has expressed a continued commitment to the modernization of the defence institution, and to ensuring that the Canadian Forces are ready for the many challenges of tomorrow,” said Minister MacKay. “We are investing in Canadian industry and giving our Canadian Forces the modern equipment they need to train effectively for successful missions.”
“Our Government is focused on what matters to Canadians-jobs and economic growth,” said Minister Ambrose. “Not only is this an investment in Canadian business, but it also provides our men and women in uniform access to the innovative training and equipment they need to do their job at home and abroad.”
This is the third such contract to be awarded for SIM TIES. The initial three-year contract carries a value of $22.6 million, and includes two one-year extension options worth $8.47 million each. Exercising both extension options would result in the ultimate ceiling value of $39.55 million over five years.
In addition to mission training, SIM TIES may support existing simulation infrastructure, the generation of learning content, and assessment of simulation practices’ effectiveness.
The Canadian Forces’ Canadian Advanced Synthetic Environment (CASE) project, a key part of the Canadian Forces’ efforts to modernize its training methods, will be a majority user of the contracted services, as it develops a nationwide network of simulation-based synthetic environments for mission rehearsal, tactics training, and force development.