TigerShark 18 Feb 2014Officials at NAVMAR Applied Sciences Corp. (NASC), a supplier of unmanned aircraft systems and professional engineering services, selected CAE in Montreal, Canada, as its preferred simulation and training provider for its TigerShark XP UAS.
CAE, a provider of simulation and training for civil and military aviation, signed a strategic alliance agreement with NASC to cooperatively develop a comprehensive training solution for the TigerShark XP, including courseware, next-generation ground control station and simulator, and training support services.
NASC"NASC has had considerable success responding to urgent operational requirements from the U.S. Department of Defense to field unmanned aircraft suitable for a range of reconnaissance and surveillance missions," says NASC President Tom Fenerty. "As we continue developing and delivering our TigerShark XP platform, we at NASC recognize that simulation-based aircrew training is the most cost-effective and proficient approach to training aircrew. Skilled, well-trained pilots are critical to overall program success. NASC is proud to have found a long term partner."
The first phase of the strategic alliance agreement will see NASC and CAE in collaboration on enhancements to the ground control station (GCS) for the TigerShark XP UAS. The next-generation GCS will also serve as a high-fidelity simulator to be used for training TigerShark XP UAS pilots and sensor operators.
NASC and CAE will also explore market opportunities for potentially developing UAS training centres.
"We are delighted that NASC has selected CAE as their simulation and training partner for the TigerShark XP and future unmanned aerial systems they may develop," says Ray Duquette, president and general manager, CAE USA. "The use of unmanned systems for both defense and commercial applications will continue to grow so training aircrews how to safely operate these vehicles will become increasingly important. Simulation-based training has proven itself to be ideal for enhancing safety, proficiency and readiness when preparing aircrews."
NASC (Navmar Applied Sciences Corporation) is a service-disabled veteran-owned small business that has provided engineering and technical services in support of the United States Department of Defense.
NASC designs, develops, and manufactures unmanned aerial systems (UASs) suitable for reconnaissance and surveillance missions. NASC's aircraft are designed to be low-cost, highly reliable, adaptable, and high-endurance systems for complex, in-theater missions. Since 2002, NASC has been developing and improving a series of UAS for the U.S. Navy.
CAE is a provider of comprehensive training solutions based on simulation technology and integrated training services. CAE offers civil aviation and defense customers a range of product, service, and training center solutions designed to help them meet their mission critical needs for safety, efficiency, and readiness.