The Italian Air Force has launched the Predator Mission Trainer, which has been developed by CAE and General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI).

Stationed at Amendola Air Force Base (AFB) in Italy, the Predator Mission Trainer represents the airforce’s Predator A variant during the Phase I of delivery.

During Phase II, the Predator B / MQ-9 variant of the trainer will undergo acceptance testing with the Italian Air Force.

CAE Defense and Security group president Gene Colabatistto said: “The development of the Predator Mission Trainer for the Italian Air Force represents a new level of fidelity and capability in the use of synthetic training for RPA pilots and sensor operators.

“We have leveraged our decades of experience developing the highest fidelity flight simulators for commercial and military aircraft, and applied the same discipline to the Predator Mission Trainer so that aircrews will be able to conduct all training in the simulator without necessarily requiring further training on the actual aircraft.

“Once the Predator B variant is accepted, this Predator Mission Trainer will be the first Level D equivalent simulator for an unmanned aircraft.”

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“This Predator Mission Trainer will be the first Level D equivalent simulator for an unmanned aircraft.”

CAE, which is the prime contractor of the programme, partnered with GA-ASI and the Italian Air Force to carry out a flight test on a real Predator aircraft in order to collect the required flight data used in the development of the Predator Mission Trainer.

The use of actual flight data specific to an individual aircraft is a first for the Predator remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) system and will enable zero flight time training.

The new Predator Mission Trainer is equipped with CAE’s high-fidelity sensor simulation and fully interactive tactical environment for improved mission training.

It also uses the Open Geospatial Consortium Common Database (OGC CDB) architecture for interoperable and networked training capabilities.