CAE-built Predator Mission Trainer enters service

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CAE announced that the Italian Ministry of Defence and Italian Air Force have formally qualified the CAE-built Predator Mission Trainer (PMT) for zero flight time training on the Predator B/MQ-9 variant, and the simulator has been accepted as ready-for-training at the Amendola Air Base in Italy. The PMT is the highest fidelity simulator ever developed and fielded for the Predator family of remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) systems developed by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc.

The Predator Mission Trainer was jointly developed by CAEand GA-ASI. Earlier in 2018, the Italian Air Force began training on thePredator A variant of the Predator Mission Trainer.

The trainer was formally qualified by the Italian Ministryof Defence’s Directorate of Air Armaments and Airworthiness (DAAA).

As prime contractor on the program, CAE collaborated withGA-ASI and the Italian Air Force to perform flight testing on an actual ItalianAir Force Predator aircraft to gather the required flight data used in thedevelopment of the PMT. The use of actual flight data specific to an individualaircraft, which is required when developing Level D simulators – the highestqualification for flight simulators – is a first for the Predator family ofRPAs.  For the physical hardware, CAEused an actual Block 15 Mobile Ground Control Station (MGCS) provided by theItalian Air Force to ensure a high level of fidelity and realism. The PMT alsofeatures CAE’s high-fidelity sensor simulation, fully interactive synthetic andtactical environment for enhanced mission training, and use of the OpenGeospatial Consortium Common Database (OGC CDB) architecture for interoperableand networked training capabilities.

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