CAE’s $29 Million Acquisition of Alpha Omega Change Engineering


Bass, Berry & Sims advised Alpha-Omega Change Engineering in the deal

CAE USA Mission Solutions Inc., a subsidiary of CAE USA, has acquired Alpha-Omega Change Engineering (AOCE) for approximately US$29 million, excluding post-closing adjustments.

The acquisition will enhance CAE USA’s core capabilities as a training systems integrator (TSI), grow CAE’s position on enduring platforms such as fighter aircraft, and expand the ability for CAE USA to pursue higher-level security programs in the United States.

AOCE, based in Williamsburg, Virginia, provides a range of aircrew training services, operational test and evaluation, and engineering support services to the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. intelligence services.

AOCE was founded in 1997, employs approximately 600 people, and has been a successful, rapidly growing business focused on providing training, engineering and consulting services. The company is currently the prime contractor on a range of programs for the U.S. Department of Defense, including: Maintenance and Aircrew Training at Kirtland/Davis-Monthan/Joint Base Andrews/Moody (KDAM) in support of the Air Force Special Operations Command Aircrew Training and Rehearsal Support (ATARS) program; U.S. Army Space & Missile Defense Command indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract to provide engineering and operational support services; and U.S. Air Force contract aircrew training and courseware development for F-15, F-16, and F-22 aircrews.

CAE USA also announced it has established CAE USA Mission Solutions Inc, a subsidiary of CAE USA which operates under a Proxy Agreement with the United States government. The Proxy Agreement enables Mission Solutions to pursue and execute higher-level security programs.

CAE’s Defense & Security business unit focuses on helping prepare our customers to develop and maintain the highest levels of mission readiness. We are a world-class training systems integrator offering a comprehensive portfolio of training centers, training services and simulation products across the air, land, sea and public safety market segments. We serve our global defense and security customers through regional operations in the United States/Latin America; Canada; Europe/Africa; and Asia-Pacific/Middle East, all of which leverage the full breadth of CAE’s capabilities, technologies and solutions.

CAE is a global leader in training for the civil aviation, defense and security, and healthcare markets. Backed by a 70-year record of industry firsts, we continue to help define global training standards with our innovative virtual-to-live training solutions to make flying safer, maintain defense force readiness and enhance patient safety. We have the broadest global presence in the industry, with over 8,500 employees, 160 sites and training locations in over 35 countries. Each year, we train more than 120,000 civil and defense crewmembers and thousands of healthcare professionals worldwide.

Bass, Berry & Sims advised Alpha-Omega Change Engineering with a team including Richard W. Arnholt, Curtis L. Fisher, Tyler Huseman, Brian R. Iverson, Thaddeus R. McBride, Bryan W. Metcalf, Jason Northcutt, Janice Parmar, Rodrigo N. Valle, Julie C. Walker, Brian K. Wilke and Sylvia Yi.

Involved fees earner: Tyler Huseman – Bass Berry & Sims; Jason Northcutt – Bass Berry & Sims; Janice Parmar – Bass Berry & Sims; Julie Walker – Bass Berry & Sims; Brian Wilke – Bass Berry & Sims; Richard Arnholt – Bass Berry & Sims; Sylvia Yi – Bass Berry & Sims; Curtis Fisher – Bass Berry & Sims; Brian Iverson – Bass Berry & Sims; Rodrigo Valle – Bass Berry & Sims; Thaddeus McBride – Bass Berry & Sims; Bryan Metcalf – Bass Berry & Sims;

Law Firms: Bass Berry & Sims;

Clients: Alpha Omega Change Engineering Inc;

Author: Ambrogio Visconti