A new simulator for the Israel Aerospace Industries Heron 1 unmanned air system will become operational with the Israeli air force in 2015.

The simulator, which is being developed by IAI's Malat unmanned systems division, will be operated by the UAS and helicopter simulator squadron at Palmachim air base. Its availability will enable the air force to complete training across a variety of missions, as well as learning how to handle system malfunctions and emergencies in multiple scenarios.The training system is a full duplicate of the Heron's mobile ground control station.

In addition, simulator operators will be able to practice using different types of payloads, based on data collected by the air force's "First UAV" squadron, which has been operating the Heron 1 since 2007.

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Malat marketing manager Danny Bichman says the simulator will provide very realistic training for air vehicle and payload operators. "As UAS are being equipped with new payloads all the time, the simulator will allow operators to use their full capabilities from the first real mission," he says.

According to Bichman, "80% of the training will be performed using the simulator, and that will free operational systems for real missions".

Source: Flight International