L3 Link to Provide Simulation-Based Training for All Air Force MQ-1 and MQ-9 Crews

Contact: Joe Rivera | Marketing Communications Manager | L3 Link Simulation & Training | 817-619-3538

ARLINGTON, Texas, September 12, 2017  L3 Link Simulation & Training (L3 Link) has been awarded a follow-on contract from the U.S. Air Force’s (USAF) Life Cycle Management Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, to provide the next-generation high-fidelity mission simulation solution to train all future MQ-1 and MQ-9 aircrews. The Predator Mission Aircrew Training System (PMATS) has been the USAF’s MQ-1/9 simulator program of record since 2008 and is being expanded to provide simulators at all USAF active-duty and Air National Guard MQ-1/9 operating bases.

“We currently have 29 fielded simulators and expect to have 67 by the end of 2018, most of which will be delivered in the improved Block 30 configuration with our advanced tactical integration and debriefing capabilities,” said Jay Kelly, L3 Link’s Director of Strategic Development. “We’ve been improving our solution based on direct feedback from the operators who need this vital technology to train for their missions. The all-new PMATS provides full-spectrum mission capability directly out of the box, providing our nation’s MQ-1 and MQ-9 aircrews with the critical training tool they need.”

PMATS provides best-in-class capability using actual ground station “cockpit” hardware that operates with the most current aircraft software. It immerses students in a complex mission environment so they not only learn to safely operate the aircraft but also train to employ the weapon system in joint and coalition operations.

To further advance PMATS capabilities, L3 Link will install communications equipment for MQ-1 and MQ-9 Distributed Mission Operations so that aircrews can network their PMATS with simulators of other platforms, such as fighters and bombers, to participate in Live/Virtual mission training events.

L3 Link Simulation & Training is a world leader in providing platform operators and maintainers with total training solutions that improve training effectiveness and efficiency and lower life-cycle costs in a secure cyber environment. L3 Link’s innovative solutions provide a full spectrum of state-of-the-art training technologies, including high-fidelity immersive simulations, as well as distributed academic and interactive courseware. The company, headquartered in Arlington, Texas, has delivered military and commercial training systems to customer locations throughout North America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the Pacific Rim. For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.Link.com.

Headquartered in New York City, L3 Technologies employs approximately 38,000 people worldwide and is a leading provider of a broad range of communication, electronic and sensor systems used on military, homeland security and commercial platforms. L3 is also a prime contractor in aerospace systems, security and detection systems, and pilot training. The company reported 2016 sales of $10.5 billion. To learn more about L3, please visit the company’s website at www.L3T.com.

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