In 2021, CAE acquired L3Harris’ Military Training business, which included Link Simulation & Training and Doss Aviation. These businesses are now integrated with CAE USA as part of CAE’s Defense & Security business unit.
The Predator Mission Aircrew Training System (PMATS), originally developed by Link Simulation & Training and now part of CAE’s product portfolio, introduced a new, advanced level of simulation to train remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) pilots and sensor operators. PMATS consists of a form, fit and function interface for the pilot and sensor operator stations that uses ground control station hardware from General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of the Predator and Reaper RPA. CAE has integrated this hardware with training system software to produce a high-fidelity training system ideal for both proficiency and mission training. As part of its high-fidelity solution, PMATS models MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper systems, sensors and weapons. Robust environmental simulations support both initial qualification and mission training, including emergency and abnormal procedures training. The PMATS is also integrated with instructional systems, including an Instructor Operator Station (IOS) that supports brief and debrief capabilities. To support collective training exercises, multiple PMATS units can be linked over both local and long-haul networks for Distributed Mission Operations (DMO).