A UAS training center will be established at Grand Forks Air
Force Base, N.D. following the signing of an agreement Tuesday
between the University of North Dakota and L-3 Link Simulation
& Training (L-3 Link).
The facility, which is expected to begin operations in June
2011, will offer MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper UAS training
opportunities to UND students pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree
in aeronautics with a major in unmanned aircraft systems
operations. The training center is also expected to provide UAS
training to U.S. government agencies to develop highly capable
pilots and sensor operators. In addition to supplying the training
center's high-fidelity simulator and logistics support, L-3 Link
will provide sensor operator course development and training.
"L-3 Link is very proud to partner with the University of North
Dakota in establishing the first non-military UAS educational
institution in the U.S. to provide Predator and Reaper aircrew
training," said Leonard Genna, president of L-3 Link. "Students
will receive expert classroom instruction and will be able to gain
hands-on training on a highly realistic Predator and Reaper ground
control station simulator."
The Predator and Reaper training system integrates actual ground
control station hardware, simulation software and high-fidelity,
correlated databases in creating a fully immersive training
environment. Unmanned aircraft and sensor performance are precisely
modeled to support complex, real-world mission scenarios.
Simulation scenarios, which will include a robust urban
environment, will be integrated with visualizations of hundreds of
moving vehicles and people, accurate terrain and various weather