ARLINGTON, Texas: L-3 Link Simulation & Training (L-3 Link) announced today that it has delivered six additional Predator Mission Aircrew Training Systems (PMATS) and associated support equipment to two U.S. Air Force installations and one Air National Guard site.
Four PMATS units have recently been delivered to Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., in addition to one unit each to Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., and the Syracuse Air National Guard at Hancock Field, N.Y. The systems support high-fidelity modeling of the Predator MQ-1 and Reaper MQ-9 unmanned aircraft.
“The Predator Mission Aircrew Training System is the highest fidelity unmanned aircraft simulation system supporting any U.S. military service,” said Bob Birmingham, president of L-3 Link. “A dynamic environment provides a large degree of variability, enabling PMATS aircrews to conduct networked training across a full range of mission scenarios.”
L-3 Link has fielded a combined total of 23 PMATS units to the U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard. Eighteen systems have been delivered to the U.S. Air Force and five are installed at Air National Guard bases. In addition, two systems are housed in L-3 Link’s Binghamton, N.Y., facility to support system development.
PMATS replicates the mission environment that aircrews experience during real-world operations. Each PMATS unit integrates ground control station hardware with L-3 Link’s simulation software and geo-specific visual system databases to provide a fully immersive training system. The synthetic environment simulates time of day, winds, adverse weather and thermal effects that can impact operations. All Predator MQ-1 and Reaper MQ-9 aircraft platforms, sensors and weapons are modeled.
PMATS units are integrated with L-3 Link’s Physics Based Environment Generator HD, which supports simulation of complex urban environments, intelligent human behaviors and interactions between entities in the virtual world.
Each PMATS unit is also integrated with an instructor operator station (IOS). The IOS enables operators to set exercise conditions, insert malfunctions, communicate with the aircrew and modify and control all aspects of the simulation. The IOS also provides a role play capability for the mission coordinator, ground crew and ground control approach operator. In supporting mission brief and debrief capabilities, the IOS enables crews to observe the simulated exercise they have flown and determine what areas need to be corrected to enhance performance.
L-3 Link Simulation & Training is a systems integration organization that delivers and supports training systems and equipment to enhance operational proficiency. The company’s current services include front-end analysis, program design, simulator design and production, field support, aircraft logistics support, training and courseware support, and air traffic control training. It has major operations in Arlington, Texas, and other key bases of operation in Binghamton, N.Y.; Orlando, Fla.; Oklahoma City, Okla.; Broken Arrow, Okla.; and Phoenix, Ariz.
Headquartered in New York City, L-3 Communications employs approximately 67,000 people worldwide and is a prime contractor in C3ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) systems, aircraft modernization and maintenance, and government services. L-3 is also a leading provider of a broad range of electronic systems used on military and commercial platforms. The company reported 2009 sales of $15.6 billion.