CAE today announced it was awarded a contract to provide Aeronautica Militare Italiana (Italian Air Force) with an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Mission Trainer representing the General Atomics Predator remotely piloted aircraft (RPA).
The CAE UAS Mission Trainer will be delivered in early 2015 to Amendola Air Force Base, and will be used to provide initial and mission training for Predator pilots and sensor operators.
With this contract, the Italian Directorate for Air Armaments and Airworthiness answered to the Italian Air Force’s need to complete the full spectrum of required capabilities in the RPA sector. 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. 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.