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Italy taps CAE for Predator simulator

MONTREAL, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- CAE of Canada announced Tuesday it is to provide the Italian air force with an unmanned aerial vehicle mission trainer.

The trainer, representing the Predator aircraft by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, will be delivered next year, the company said, but no information was given as to the price of the training system.

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"The new CAE UAS mission trainer will boost Italy's training capability by enabling the Italian air force to rely less on live flight training and allow Predator crews to increasingly practice procedures to counter potentially catastrophic emergencies," CAE said.

"In addition, the Italian air force will be able to conduct networked training exercises, thus maximizing the operational experience gained in the last decade of employment of such effective and combat-proven systems."

CAE said its UAS Mission Trainer system combines an open architecture with commercial-off-the-shelf hardware and simulation software.

The system includes a ground control station that is standardization agreement 4586-compliant; high-fidelity simulation software for sensors such as electro-optical, infrared, synthetic aperture radar and others; a simulated communications system; simulation software for generating training scenarios; CAE's Medallion-6000 image generator; tactical synthetic environment and computer-generated forces representing maritime, ground and air assets, and an instructor operator and mission brief/de-brief station.

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