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May 23, 2012
BLUEDROP AWARDED SECOND SIMULATION CONTRACT WITH THE ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE
Bluedrop Performance Learning Inc. (TSX-V: BPL) announced today it was awarded an $890,000 contract by the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) to provide Virtual Reality based simulation to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). This simulator will support the RAAF’s Hercules (C-130J) Loadmaster Training Program. This is the first contract announced by Bluedrop’s new $2M Halifax based Training and Simulation Center.
Bluedrop’s Defence and Aerospace unit will deliver to the RAAF its C-130J Tactical Airlift Crew Trainer (TACTTM) that will simulate a variety of mission critical aircrew tasks associated with Strategic and Tactical Airlift operations for the Hercules aircraft (C-130J). The new contract will allow C-130J Loadmasters to perform procedural training in a realistic immersive virtual environment simulating both day-time and Night Vision Goggle (NVG) assisted flight, with a primary focus on threat detection and reaction (e.g. surface-to-air missiles, air-to-air missiles). TACTTM will also provide the following secondary training components:
• Ramp and Cabin Inflight Checks
• Inflight Aircraft Emergencies
• Tarmac / Confined Airfield Manoeuvring
• Cargo security
• Vehicle Loading
• Paratrooper Dispatching
The simulator will be delivered in partnership with Bluedrop’s strategic partner, Virtual Simulations Systems (VSS), based in New South Wales, Australia. The capability is scheduled to be developed, delivered and implemented at RAAF Base Richmond, Australia before the end of June 2012. Allen Dillon, Bluedrop’s Vice President of Business Development, states “This contract award clearly demonstrates Bluedrop’s ability to integrate and deliver world-class technology to military forces around the globe from Atlantic Canada.”
“I appreciate the confidence the RAAF has shown in Bluedrop. I am especially proud of our new Halifax facility and our world class team”, says Emad Rizkalla, Bluedrop President and CEO. “This contract shows the ability for our Halifax team to hit the ground running. They have secured an international contract and are performing close to $1M of work with our VSS partners just a few weeks after launch.”
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Bluedrop Performance Learning (TSX-V: BPL) is an innovator in effective workplace learning for individuals, corporations, the military and the public sector. Through the development and implementation of pragmatic learning technologies and content, Bluedrop improves opportunities for individuals and the overall performance of organizations. CoursePark® (www.coursepark.com) is Bluedrop's cloud-based learning management solution for enterprise and individual learning and contains over 5000 third party online courses from the world's leading publishers and the expert down the street. The CoursePark platform launched in 2011 and is growing quickly with registered users in 100 countries. It aims to transform workplace learning globally. Bluedrop is also a recognized leader in producing mission critical training solutions for Defence and Aerospace, and provides custom online courseware, virtual training devices and virtual reality simulation for international military and commercial aviation clients. Founded in 1992, Bluedrop has over 120 employees and is headquartered in St. John's, NL with 5 additional offices in Canada and the US.
Liz Howell, Corporate Communications
1.800.563.3638 x 667
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