CAE, Seeing Machines to upgrade Australian Hawk simulators

CAE Australia has been awarded a contract by Australia’s Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group. It was announced on August 24, that CAE Australia are to support the upgrade of the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF) three full-mission Hawk Mk127 simulators with the eye tracking training system developed by Seeing Machines.

Seeing Machines will collaborate with CAE Australia to install and integrate the training system that features precision eye-tracking technology on the RAAF hawk simulators for lead-in fighter training programme. This technology will improve aircrew training by providing objective insights and detailed data on where training pilots are looking during training scenarios in the simulator.

Eye tracking Hawk Sim RAAF Williamtown
One of the RAAF’s student pilots flies a Hawk Mk127 simulator at RAAF Base Williamtown during a trial of eye-tracking technology. Commonwealth of Australia

CAE Australia alongside Seeing Machines and the RAAF proved the effectiveness if the eye-tracking capabilities over the past year during a research programme at RAAF Williamtown, where the system was installed on one of the Hawk Mk127 full-mission systems for 78 Wing.

Matthew Sibree, Managing Director, Indo-Pacific, CAE said “This is another great example of how government and industry can partner to deliver enhanced training and operational capability.  We are pleased to collaborate with Seeing Machines to improve the training programme that helps prepare the next-generation fighter pilots for the Royal Australian Air Force.”

CAE Australia will hold overall responsibility for upgrading two of the three hawk Mk127 simulators at RAAF Williamtown, and the third at RAAF Pearce. CAE Australia currently provides training support to the RAAF on its lead-in fighter training programme. Including services such as, provision of classroom and simulator instructors.