The Montréal based flight simulator company is Canada’s largest military firm. With 90% of its revenues derived internationally, CAE has won billions of dollars in military contracts.
The beneficiary of increased Canadian military spending trains US, British and Canadian fighter pilots. It also trains Royal Saudi Air Force pilots in the Middle East and at a training facility in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, and Cold Lake, Alberta, it runs with the Canadian Forces.
CAE has trained Israeli military personnel to operate “next – generation combat aircraft” and UH-60 and CH-53 helicopters, which were used in the 2008-09 attack on Gaza that left 1400 Palestinian civilians dead. CAE also "signed a strategic teaming agreement" to become "the preferred simulation and mission training solution provider" for Israel’s Aeronautics Defense Systems, which produced Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) for the Israeli military. CAE also developed a system for training drone operators with Israel Aerospace Industries.
The company has significant political connections. In 2006 the Conservative Party chose the former head of CAE, Derek Burney, to oversee the transfer of power from Paul Martin’s Liberals. Former Vice President of CAE Arthur C. Perron was a member of the committee that doled out Security Defense Forum funds to Canadian universities.