The award, worth up to $39.55 million with contract extensions, was formally feted by the federal government Friday after being disclosed through contracting records in May.
Federal records do not disclose if the deal is a standing offer, supply arrangement or other sort of procurement vehicle.
The majority customer is expected to be the Canadian Forces' advanced synthetic environment project. It is working on a national network that would cover tactics training, mission rehearsal and force development, stated a press release about the contract award.
CAE's contract will include elements such as support for experiments, exercises and operational and maintenance training. The deal has an initial value of $22.6 million over three years, with two one-year extension options of $8.47 million.
Carleton University will be a large part of the research and development portion of the federal contract, the university said in a separate statement. Carleton's visualization and simulation centre includes flight simulators.
CAE has about 325 people in the national capital, according to Ottawa Technology magazine numbers disclosed earlier this year.
The Montreal-based parent firm announced in May that it would shed 300 people or four per cent of its workforce due to military budget trims in Europe. It did not disclose the locations of the layoffs.