L-3 Link Simulation and UND Sign Agreements to Establish Unmanned Aircraft Systems Training Center
Posted on 4/6/2011
ARLINGTON, Texas, April 5, 2011 - L-3 Link Simulation & Training (L-3 Link) announced today that it has signed agreements with the University of North Dakota to jointly establish an unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) training center at Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D.
The University of North Dakota and L-3 Link UAS Training Center, 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 conditions.
L-3 Link Simulation & Training is a world leader in providing total training solutions for operators and maintainers across a wide range of military platforms and Air Traffic Control systems. L-3 Link's innovative solutions provide a full spectrum of state-of-the-art training technologies, including high-fidelity immersive simulations, as well as distributed academic and interactive courseware. The company has delivered military training systems to customer locations throughout North America, Europe, Asia and the Pacific Rim. L-3 Link is headquartered in Arlington, Texas, with key bases of operation in Binghamton, N.Y.; Orlando, Fla.; Oklahoma City, Okla.; Broken Arrow, Okla.; and Phoenix, Ariz. For more information, please visit the company's website at www.link.com.
Headquartered in New York City, L-3 employs approximately 63,000 people worldwide and is a prime contractor in C3ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) systems, aircraft modernization and maintenance, and government services. L-3 is also a leading provider of a broad range of electronic systems used on military and commercial platforms. The company reported 2010 sales of $15.7 billion. To learn more about L-3, please visit the company's website at www.L-3com.com.