high fidelity training provided by PMATS units will enable the
U.S. Air Force to rely less on live flight training, enable
Predator crews to increasingly practice procedures to counter
potentially catastrophic emergencies and conduct networked training
exercises aimed at combating the Global War on Terrorism.”
said Mike Wallace, Vice President for Air Force and Navy Programs
at L-3 Link Simulation and Training.
High fidelity training delivered by PMATS units is the result
of L-3 Link’s simulation software being integrated with
the Predator’s actual operational flight program software
and ground control station hardware. The simulated synthetic
environment takes into account time of day, winds, adverse weather
and thermal effects.
As presently designed, PMATS provides high fidelity modeling
of the Predator MQ-1 aircraft platform, sensors and weapons.
Plans call for PMATS to be enhanced in 2008 to provide simulation
of the MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aircraft system. The simulation
software backbone L-3 Link provides also can be used to support
future generations of the Predator and other unmanned aircraft