Canada invests in air combat training services

Canada invests $480 million in air combat training services for the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF).

Public Services and Procurement Canada has awarded a $480 million contract for Contracted Airborne Training Services (CATS) to Discovery Air Defence Services.

The investment will support CAF personnel serving on the sea, on land and in the air, with the Royal Canadian Navy, the Canadian Army and the Royal Canadian Air Force.

The CATS programme provides realistic combat readiness training to pilots and aircrew. During these exercises, the aircraft pilot will act in an aggressor role, allowing CAF personnel to learn and practice defensive tactics to deter an attack.

The initial 10-year contract, with options to extend, could secure services until March 31, 2031, and the value of the contract could potentially reach $1.4 billion.

The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, said: “The Government of Canada is committed to supporting our Canadian Armed Forces in getting the equipment and services it needs. We will continue all efforts to support an agile, responsive and well-equipped military force that can effectively defend Canada. This investment will also generate and maintain jobs for Canadians.”

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