CAE is offering a new unmanned aerial systems mission trainer.
“Unmanned systems are changing the nature of warfare and will continue to bring new capabilities to defense forces, and in the future will find a role in civil applications,” said Gene Colabatistto, CAE’s group president for military products, training and services.
Demonstrated at the I/ITSEC exhibition in Orlando, Fla., last week, the desk-based system will initially be installed at the industry’s UAS Center of Excellence in Alma, Quebec.
The system’s open architecture, which draws from the common database, and use of readily available commercial technology mean that it can be readily exported without violating International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) restrictions.
The new system uses commercial off-the-shelf hardware and simulation software to create a platform-agnostic training system. This allows the system to be configured to replicate the behavior of any specific UAS or sensor package, including infrared, low-light TV, laser rangefinder/target designator and synthetic aperture radar.
The trainer can also perform simulated signals, communications and electronic intelligence tasks. If required, CAE says it can expand the mission trainer’s repertoire into areas such as electronic warfare and countermeasures and a range of airborne anti-submarine systems such as magnetic anomaly detectors, acoustics and sonar.
It is designed for use by pilots, sensor operators and mission commanders. It includes a ground control station that allows operators to switch between real and synthetic surroundings, simulated communications systems and an instructor operator station that facilitates mission and post-event briefings. The system can also be networked.
The company says the trainer is also suitable for a range of civilian uses, including surveillance of forest fires and remote inspection of pipelines or other infrastructure. It was launched in November at the Unmanned Systems Canada conference in Ottawa.