Montreal-based CAE will build state-of-the-art flight simulators for the Canadian Forces as part of a 20-year deal worth nearly $330 million, the federal government announced Friday. Prime Minister Stephen Harper made the announcement at the company's headquarters in the Montreal borough of Ville St-Laurent.
Harper said the project is part of his government's plan to stimulate the Canadian economy and protect jobs across the country.
"Not only does today's announcement ensure that the men and women of the Canadian Forces get the best flight training, it will also create well-playing jobs now and for the 20-year length of the contract," said Harper.
CAE leads a pan-Canadian team that will build simulators for the Hercules C-130 aircrew.
The team includes:
- Xwave of St. John's, N.L.
- Montreal-based Bombardier.
- Atlantis Systems International of Brampton, Ont.
- Cascade Aerospace of Abbotsford, B.C.
CAE says the contract will create and sustain 330 jobs for the first three years and 50 jobs for the next 20 years in various Canadian locations.