TheÂ U.S. ArmyÂ uses a full-simulation platform to augment live flight training forÂ unmanned aircraft system crews andÂ help reduce costs and risks at theÂ service branch’s aviation and missile research, development and engineering center.
TheÂ Universal Mission SimulatorÂ is designed to trainÂ flight crews on how toÂ operateÂ Gray Eagle and ShadowÂ functionsÂ such as launch, preflight, taxi, flight route, target area exploitation, airfield returns, post flight and weapons employment, the Army said Thursday.
“The Joint Technology Center and Systems Integration Lab, commonly referred to as JSIL, sustains all UMS systems to keep software current with the Gray Eagle and Shadow tactical systems configurations,” said Will Bishop, UAS crew training simulation systems branch chief.
Jim Jones, technical chief at the JSIL, noted the lab has used the government-fundedÂ Multiple Unified Simulation Environment software suite to provide training systems for the UAS project management office.
Jones added thatÂ MUSE offers intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance simulation capacity for combatant commanders who participateÂ in command and staff training exercises such as the Auster Challenge, Pacific Sentry, Talisman Sabre, Ulchi Freedom Guardian and Yama Sakura.
The Army has implementedÂ 84 UMS systems,Â including four used for Shadow UAS training, as of April.
The service branchÂ plans toÂ implement a total of 99 UMS unitÂ by fiscal year 2019 to support droneÂ operator training.