PMATS: Leadership in Action

Key Facts

The Only Approved System that Covers All USAF Predator and Reaper Training
75,000+ Training Hours Annually
1,200 Aircrew Students Trained per Year

L3 Link has been the prime contractor on the U.S. Air Force’s Predator/Reaper Mission Aircrew Training System (PMATS) program since its inception in 2005. During this long relationship, L3 Link has continuously enhanced its 35 fielded PMATS devices to sustain concurrence in unmanned aircraft simulation for MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper combat operators. 

Through L3 Link PMATS systems located at Air Force installations throughout the continental United States, Predator and Reaper crews experience maximum training realism as they prepare to undertake ISR, aerial interdiction, maritime support, close air support, combat search and rescue, and strike coordination and reconnaissance missions.

L3 Link’s PMATS Capabilities:
  • Enable Predator and Reaper crews to receive initial qualification, mission qualification, continuation, emergency procedure, launch and recovery, mission rehearsal, and distributed mission operations training 
  • Use proven, efficient and cost-effective methods and technologies 
  • Create a highly realistic simulated/synthetic environment that takes into account time of day, winds and adverse weather, as well as thermal and low-light effects
  • Include the ability to simulate detailed urban, rural, maritime and complex joint/coalition operational environments 
  • Integrate a high-fidelity Synthetic Aperture Radar simulation with Ground Moving Target Indicator capability
  • PMATS Plus adapts the USAF PMATS specifically to the needs of allied military aircrews to provide the full lineup of RQ-1, MQ-1 and MQ-9 training for all international applications
PMATS Technology
  • Actual PMATS ground control stations are integrated with L3 Link’s simulation software and visual system databases to create a high-fidelity environment
  • Simulates aircraft performance, weapons, sensors, communications, data link operations, emergencies, degraded video feeds and environmental conditions 
  • Provides high-fidelity modeling of Predator and Reaper platforms, including all sensors and weapons

RPA Schoolhouse

Providing a Full Lineup of RPA Aircrew Training

To meet the growing demand for RPA operators, L3 Link provides the full lineup of aircrew training in the PMATS-based L3 Link Schoolhouse at a fraction of the cost and with much greater efficiency than live-fly training.

L3 Link RPA Schoolhouse Offers:
  • Initial Qualification for MQ-1/9 pilots to meet the needs of the growing Government-Owned/Contractor-Operators effort
  • MQ-1 and MQ-9 transition, requalification, emergency procedure, and launch and recovery qualification for previously qualified aircrew
  • MQ-1/9 familiarization for subject matter experts
  • Advanced tactics and distributed mission training in a complex and integrated operational environment for MQ-1/9 instructor upgrade and weapons instructor students
  • A venue for mission rehearsal and tactics development training and simulation
  • All of the above for foreign military and other non-USAF aircrew