SDS International (SDS) has been awarded a contract to deliver a ROVATTS(tm)-based MQ-9 Reaper Mission Training Device (MTD) to support Air National Guard (ANG) Distributed Mission Operations (DMO) activities at 1st AF/AFNORTH, Tyndall AFB, FL.
SDS' Advanced Technologies Division, Orlando, Florida, will deliver the latest version of its Reaper MTD which was originally designed to meet the ANG's need for low-cost, high-fidelity PC-based Reaper simulator training systems. The delivered MTD will consist of two tabletop simulator stations that preserve the correct physical layout of the MQ-1/9 pilot and sensor operator ground control stations. Each station includes properly sized/ positioned flat-panel displays for the head-up-display (HUD), tracker display, and head-down command and status displays; specialized Desktop Control Units comprised of form/fit/function stick, throttle, keyboard and trackball controls; and rudders. The MTD will have a separate laptop-based IOS capable of supporting mission planning, tactical scenario generation (including 3D vehicles/aircraft/humans/animals), and system operations. The MTD's ROVATTS(tm)-based software provides MQ-9 specific HUD displays, tracker-map displays, and head-down-display functionalities. The software includes SDS' high-fidelity MQ-9 aero package supporting launch/recovery and mission operations (including flight with turbulence effects/satellite control-delays and GPS approach capabilities); normal/selected emergency procedure functionality; realistic EO/IR sensor displays provided by SDS' AAcuity(r) PC-IG; applicable weapons employment capabilities; and FalconView displays plus mIRC capabilities for use in distributed operations.
SDS' MQ-9 MTD will support individual (pilot or sensor operator)/crew training in a stand-alone environment, plus distributed training involving a variety of live, virtual, and constructive systems in either local or distributed exercises using DIS or HLA connectivity. The system includes a high-fidelity virtual terrain of the Creech/Nellis AFB area and a detailed Afghanistan database populated with thousands of highly realistic 3D features needed to support realistic MQ-9 crew tactical ISR and weapons delivery operations.
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