CAE Inc. (TSE: CAE) will be providing classroom, simulator and live flying instructions to pilots of the Predator and Reaper unmanned aircrafts as part of a contract the Montreal-based aeronautics firm signed recently with the United States Air Force.
CAE has more than 8,000 employees in 100 sites around the world. The government contractor specializes in simulation modules and offers civil and military aviation training services to approximately 100,000 crew members yearly.
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The Predator and Reaper are armed, multi-mission, medium-altitude, remotely piloted aircraft designed for long endurance missions. They are primarily used as intelligence-collecting assets but their secondary purpose is to serve as attack weapons in so-called surgical strikes. Their wide-range sensors, multi-mode communications suite and ability fly for extended periods make the aircraft ideal for reconnaissance and attacks against “high-value, fleeting and time-sensitive targets,” according to CAE.
Popularly known as drones, these aircraft have figured prominently in the U.S.’s war against terrorists and extremist organizations. Their use is controversial as some human rights groups report that drones sometimes hit civilian targets.