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L-3 Upgrades Predator Trainer, Expands UAV Services

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L-3 Link Simulation & Training Provides Support and Upgrades to Predator Mission Aircrew Training System

(Source: L-3 Link Simulation & Training; issued Aug. 16, 2011)

ARLINGTON, Texas --- L-3 Link Simulation & Training (L-3 Link) announced today that it has installed a Predator Mission Aircrew Training System (PMATS) at Tucson Air National Guard (ANG) Base and completed upgrades on fielded systems at Holloman Air Force Base (AFB).

“Since 2005, L-3 Link has undertaken a number of Predator Mission Aircrew Training System program initiatives that have enhanced training capability and supported the U.S. Air Force’s plans to meet its future force requirements,” said Leonard Genna, president of L-3 Link. “These most recent efforts continue to underscore our goal to work closely with the U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard to ensure that Predator and Reaper combat operators gain highly realistic training that supports each service’s global vigilance, reach and power objectives.”

The PMATS unit at the Tucson ANG Base, which supports the 162nd Fighter Wing, is providing MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper pilot and sensor operator continuation training. This training system, which includes individual instructor/operator and multifunction workstations, was delivered in June 2011.

The upgrades on PMATS units at Holloman AFB are now being integrated on all 26 fielded systems. Constant enhancements to PMATS are enabling MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper pilots and sensor operators to undergo fully-immersive, mission-based simulation exercises.

Each training system uses an actual ground control station that is integrated with L-3 Link’s simulation software and visual system databases to create a high-fidelity environment that simulates aircraft performance, weapons, sensors, communications, datalink operations, emergencies, degraded video feeds and environmental conditions. Predator and Reaper crews can gain initial qualification, mission qualification, continuation and mission rehearsal training on PMATS units. (ends)


L-3 Link Simulation & Training and Sinclair Community College Jointly Develop Unmanned Aircraft System Training Capability

(Source: L-3 Link Simulation & Training; issued Aug. 16, 2011)


ARLINGTON, Texas --- L-3 Link Simulation & Training (L-3 Link) announced today that it is collaborating with Dayton, Ohio-based Sinclair Community College to educate students and industry participants in the operation and application of unmanned aircraft systems to support future global market requirements.

In support of this initiative – which aims to establish a National UAS Training and Certification Center on Sinclair’s campus – L-3 Link has designed and will install its UAS Classroom Training Suite, which includes 10 student stations that have independent vehicle and sensor controls. Sinclair has developed a curriculum and course materials, and will provide classroom instruction.

“With the rapid expansion of UAS platforms around the world, a job market has been created that requires talented and educated people skilled in the operation of unmanned systems,” said Leonard Genna, president of L-3 Link. “We are proud to team with Sinclair Community College to deliver a training solution that meets civilian UAS training needs, an area that has the potential for tremendous growth.”

“We believe this agreement with L-3 Link is another important step in our stated goal of developing a national UAS Training and Certification Center at Sinclair CommunityCollege,” said Deb Norris, Sinclair vice president for Workforce Development & Corporate Services. “L-3 Link’s significant expertise in UAS simulation and training fits well with that of our other regional UAS partners including the Center for UAV Exploitation and IDCAST affiliated with the University of Dayton Research Institute, Woolpert, a national leader in geospatial data collection and analysis, and Co-Operative Engineering Services, a UAV manufacturer and services provider.”

The L-3 Link-built UAS Classroom Training Suite includes a single instructor operator station and UAS training models that can be tailored and adapted to represent a specific UAS platform type. The suite will provide training focused on flight operations, payload integration, sensors, controls and communications. In developing and fielding this suite, L-3 Link is able to offer a full complement of training solutions that range from initially exposing students to UAS concepts to providing experienced operators with mission qualification opportunities in complex UAS platforms.

The UAS Classroom Training Suite’s system architecture is built on a scalable computational technology solution that breaks the traditional approach to how a training system is designed. This computational solution greatly increases training capability and reliability, while significantly decreasing cost, size, weight and power required for operation. By leveraging L-3 Link’s simulation capabilities, the UAS Classroom Training Suite provides operators with an immersive level of physics-based interaction, engagement and realism.

L-3 Link Simulation & Training is a world leader in providing total training solutions for operators and maintainers across a wide range of military platforms and Air Traffic Control systems. L-3 Link is headquartered in Arlington, Texas, with key bases of operation in Binghamton, N.Y.; Orlando, Fla.; Oklahoma City, Okla.; Broken Arrow, Okla.; and Phoenix, Ariz.

Sinclair Community College is a nationally recognized leader in continuing education and workforce development. It is a Vanguard Learning College and is one of only 20 board member schools of the prestigious League for Innovation in the Community College. For more information about Sinclair’s UAS Training & Certification Center, please visit http://UAS.sinclair.edu.