The UAS training market is growing

The vast knowledge accumulated in Israel concerning the usage of unmanned air systems (UAS) – and the growing demand for UAS-related studies – is generating business for some Israeli companies.

This demand is a natural development, as UAS are being introduced into civil organisations, and require all sorts of experienced operators.

Simlat – which provides UAS and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance training and simulation systems – will be part of the first UAV operator training programme in Ontario, Canada, conducted by Canadore College. This was announced yesterday.

Curriculum design and training system recommendations were provided by ING Robotic Aviation. This company will also be providing instructors for the course.

Simlat says its turnkey training solutions include SIGINT, EO/IR and SAR sensors in various operational configurations.

According to Yuval Peshin, Simlat’s CEO, the company’s systems are available standalone or embedded/integrated to legacy control stations, as well as generic or customised solutions, and are in service in over 20 countries.

In March, Simlat was selected to provide a UAS training centre – including its high fidelity UAS training systems – to the Finnish defence forces (FDF), as part of its FDF Mini UAS program.

The simulation centre will support the new Orbiter Mini UAS fleet, which was selected by the FDF last summer as its future UAS. The programme includes the manufacturing and delivery of Orbiter Mini UAS, as well as the development of independent operational, training and maintenance capability.

The Simlat training and simulation centre will include advanced simulator stations deployed in Finland, as well as a 3D modelling and scenario creating capability, which will enable the FDF to autonomously develop its training programme and to train both its new and experienced operators and instructors.

Last year Israeli UAS manufacturer Innocon also took a first step into the growing market of UAS maintenance and training.

Innocon received an order for its MiniFalcon II tactical UAS system from Northland Community and Technical College in Minnesota.

The tender was issued by the state of Minnesota after a decision was made to introduce the UAS training and maintenance programme at the college.

The contract includes one ground station and two UAS. There are options for additional systems.


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