HALIFAX, Nova Scotia--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Bluedrop Performance Learning Inc. (“Bluedrop”) (TSX-V: BPLI) and its subsidiary Bluedrop Training & Simulation, today announced it has finalized the contract for the development of a next-generation Special Mission Aviator Ramp Trainer (SMART) with Boeing [NYSA:BA] for the V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft. The $2.6 million award is funded by Boeing under the Innovation, Science and Economic Development, Canada (ISED), Investment Framework Transaction program.
Bluedrop will build full-sized, high-fidelity and immersive virtual reality ramp trainers for the V-22 Osprey, featuring enhanced specific mission capabilities including ramp operation, hoisting systems, gunnery systems and various mission critical procedural training capabilities. The new SMART will interface with Boeing’s cockpit training devices to allow for fully interactive crew training and mission scenario training.
“Boeing has again shown its full support of Canadian businesses in the Defense and Aerospace domain,” said Jean-Claude Siew, Bluedrop executive vice president of Technology and Simulation. “The kickoff of this project is timely as it allows Bluedrop to bring the most advanced immersive technologies available and to evolve its state-of-the-art suite of rear crew training products in support of war fighters.”
Under the terms of the agreement, Boeing will provide engineering, training and simulation, and ongoing development support for a period of three years.
“Boeing has had a presence in Canada for more than 100 years and we are proud to further demonstrate our commitment to Canadian industry with this Bluedrop partnership to offer an new training capability that helps ensure our V-22 customers are mission ready,” said John Chicoli, director of Vertical Lift Services for Boeing. “We are working closely with V-22 customers and operators, incorporating their feedback through development, to deliver a trainer that seamlessly integrates with their operational needs.”
Bluedrop will develop the associated hardware and software from its recently opened Training and Simulation production center located in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading provider of commercial airplanes, defense, space and security systems, and global services. As the top U.S. exporter, the company supports commercial and government customers in more than 150 countries. Boeing employs more than 150,000 people worldwide and leverages the talents of a global supplier base. Building on a legacy of aerospace leadership, Boeing continues to lead in technology and innovation, deliver for its customers and invest in its people and future growth.
About Bluedrop Training & Simulation Inc.
Bluedrop Training & Simulation Inc. designs and develops advanced training systems and state-of-the-art simulation products to safely train operators and maintainers of complex equipment. Our approach leverages innovative technology to provide cost-effective blended-media training content, from classroom instruction and computer-based training (CBT) through to high-fidelity training devices. Bluedrop Training & Simulation is a small to medium-sized enterprise (SME) providing a strong value proposition offering 100% Canadian designed and developed solutions.
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