SDS Delivers MQ-9 Reaper Simulators to the Air National Guard


SDS International (SDS) recently delivered two ROVATTS-based MQ-9 Reaper Mission Training Devices (MTD) to the Air National Guard (ANG) to support operational Reaper crew training. Building upon the success of SDS fielded ROVATTS-based MQ-1 simulators, SDS Advanced Technologies Division, Orlando, Florida provided the first two Reaper MTDs to the Syracuse ANG to meet the Guards need for low-cost, high-fidelity PC-based Reaper simulator training systems capable of supporting tactical mission training while operating in a normal office environment (A/C, power, etc.)


Each Reaper MTD consists of two tabletop simulator stations that preserve the correct physical layout of the MQ-9 pilot and sensor operator ground control stations. Each station includes an adjustable, wheeled COTS table holding properly sized/positioned flat-panel displays for the head-up-display (HUD), tracker display, and head-down command and status displays; specialized USB-based Desktop Control Units (DCU) comprised of form/fit/function stick, throttle, keyboard and trackball controls; and game-level rudders. Each Reaper MTD has a separate laptop-based instructor-operator-station (IOS) capable of supporting mission planning/tactical scenario generation (including fixed and moving 3D vehicles/ humans/animals), and simulator/mission control.


The MTDs ROVATTS-based pilot and sensor operator station software provides functioning Reaper HUD displays, tracker map displays, and head-down-displays (including variable information tables and menu button interfaces). The MQ-9 MTD software also incorporates an SDS-developed high fidelity Reaper aerodynamics package supporting takeoff/enroute/landing operations (including flight with turbulence effects/control-delays and GPS approach capabilities); normal and selected emergency procedure functionality; realistic electro-optical/infra-red sensor displays provided by SDS AAcuity® PC-IG; and AGM-114 Hellfire missile and GBU-12 laser guided bomb weapons employment capabilities. The systems were delivered with a high-fidelity virtual terrain of the Creech/Nellis AFB area and a detailed Now Zad, Afghanistan database populated with features (dozens of enterable buildings, city walls, vehicles, moving vegetation (trees/grass), deformed river-beds, kareze [or qanat] irrigation systems, etc.) needed to support realistic Reaper crew tactical ISR and weapons delivery training.


SDS MQ-9 Reaper MTDs support individual (pilot or sensor operator) and/or 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. As such, the Reaper MTD represents a low-cost, high-fidelity alternative training system capable of supporting a wide variety of realistic training, mission rehearsal, R&D and T&E applications.


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