EDA launches new project to provide networked trainers for MALE RPAS
The European Defence Agency (EDA) is to provide networked procedural trainers to the European Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) Remotely Piloted Air System (RPAS) Community.
Under the new MALE RPAS Training Technology Demonstrator (TTD) project, EDA will provide up to nine networked procedural trainers.
The community includes France, Germany, Greece, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands and Poland. Belgium and the UK have also expressed interest in joining.
The project, in collaboration with the European Air Group (EAG) and the European Union Military Staff (EUMS), will deliver hardware simulators, improved harmonisation and interoperability and realistic operational scenarios for MALE RPAS.
The community seeks to share operational experience and, where possible, to pool and share maintenance of similar assets, logistics, training, doctrine, concepts and procedures, EDA stated.
Initially, the community focused on training syllabi between the European RPAS Schools and to complete joint studies on vulnerability and countering UAS swarms.
Last year, it decided to further enhance training cooperation and EDA was tasked to develop a proposal to improve communication and to facilitate joint exercises.
The EDA signed a contract with DCI and DIGINEXT of France to design and build the systems over 2017-18.
MALE RPAS is being designed for use by the armed forces of France, Germany, Italy and Spain.
The system will have the ability to perform long-endurance intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions with a variety of payloads, as well as ground support missions with precision weapons.
Image: Representatives of the MALE RPAS community. Photo: courtesy of European Defence Agency.