L-3 Link, as prime contractor on the U.S. Air Force's Predator Mission Aircrew Training System (PMATS) program, continues to deliver and upgrade the first high fidelity training systems ever used to train U.S. military unmanned aircraft crews.
PMATS units today are being used to train aircrews that operate the MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper platforms. Each PMATS ground control station simulator accurately replicates mission environments Predator and Reaper aircrews experience in real world operations. Pilots and sensor operators undergo initial qualification, mission qualification, continuation and mission rehearsal simulation-based training.
In simulating the ground control stations for the MQ-1 and MQ-9 platforms, crews undertake missions that are enhanced by high fidelity modeling of each platform, including all sensors and weapons. The simulated synthetic environment takes into account time of day, winds, adverse weather and thermal effects. Detailed urban environments also can be simulated.