Link Simulation & Training (L-3 Link) has been awarded a recompete contract for the supply of technical services for the US Air Force’s (USAF) Predator Mission Aircrew Training System (PMATS) programme.
Awarded by the air force life cycle management center (AFLCMC), the undisclosed contract features transitional funding that expires in September 2013, as well as six one-year contract options.
The initial transitional funding is scheduled to be used by the company for ongoing contractor logistics support and training system support centre activities for all 26 PMATS devices located at the air force’s installations across the continental US.
The company will have to manufacture an additional 50 PMATS devices, if contract options are exercised.
L-3 Electronic Systems Group president Steve Kantor said the company is honoured to continue as prime contractor on PMATS system, which has been used by the USAF since 2005.
”Our PMATS system is a proven, efficient and cost-effective platform for unmanned aircraft simulation, and we remain committed to providing MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper combat operators with a maximum level of training realism as they prepare to undertake missions of global vigilance, reach and power,” Kantor said.
Additional contract responsibilities include ensuring follow-on concurrency between PMATS devices and the unmanned aircraft through 2019.
PMATS is a sophisticated flight simulator designed to help pilots and sensor operators gain initial qualification, mission qualification, continuation and mission rehearsal simulation-based training in the MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aircraft system (UAS).
Each training system features an L-3 Link’s simulation software and visual system databases-equipped ground control station (GCS) for creation of a high-fidelity environment, which accurately replicates the UAS performance, weapons, sensors, communications, data link operations, emergencies, degraded video feeds and environmental conditions.
Image: PMATS system trains pilots and sensor operators in operation of MQ-1 Predator UAS. Photo: courtesy of Lt. Col. Leslie Pratt.