Nowadays Unmanned Aerial Vehicles are utilized in various sectors including commercial, civil and military applications. Thus, just like with any other aircraft, UAS operators also need some degree of training. Meet Simlat, a leading provider of next generation training systems for Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). The innovative solutions offered by Simlat enable training in various configurations accustomed to any platform, payload and mission that support commercial, civil and military applications.
Currently the organization supports more than 100 UAS programs and training centers in over 30 countries across the globe. Simlat is constantly working in order to improve its technology and solutions to support the integration of UAS to everyday lives. It envisions providing its users with the best UAS simulation solutions while remaining at the forefront of technology.
Simlat provides various UAS-related simulation products, from training solutions to post-session debriefing tools and a 3D models creation system. The wide range of solutions Simlat offers gives users a complete UAS training and simulation environment.
Changing the World of Simulation
When it comes to offerings, Simlat’s C-STAR, INTER, and IMPACT are its most popular solutions, along with some UAS Application Content Packages,
- C-STAR is a Crew Stand-Alone Trainer, which was developed as a training solution for a crew of UAS operators, typically configured for a UAS pilot and a sensor operator, or just one of the two where the instructor performs the job of the missing operator. It uses a generic platform which allows the trainees to develop skills and techniques that will be relevant to other platforms they may operate in the future.
- INTER is Simlat’s Integrated Trainer which has been successfully integrated to tens of UAS, Ground Control Stations, Operator Control Units and other components. Its main advantage is the fact that it can train operators to use the specific platform which they can operate while including scenario control options such as weather conditions, various entities and customized malfunctions.
- IMPACT is Simlat’s ISR Multi-Purpose Advanced Classroom Trainer. It is a solution for training centers that can accommodate 4-32 trainees simultaneously, with a few instructors in charge. Utilizing IMPACT, each trainee can operate a different platform on a different scenario, controlled by the instructor as well.
- Application Content Packages include a variety of entities and other relevant content associated with the packages’ theme. First responders, mining inspection and maritime exploration are some examples, which consist of relevant entities such as specialized vehicles, simulated officers and even animals. Using these entities, users are able to create complex training scenarios to fit various training needs.
The Visionary Leader
Roy Peshin, Simlat’s Co-founder and CTO has led the organization and its vision since its inception and was instrumental in bringing Simlat to the forefront of UAS simulation technology. With massive experience in the field of unmanned aviation, Roy sees simulation as an integral part of expanding UAS use cases and integrating UAS into the professional landscape. His knowledge and leadership shaped Simlat’s innovative product line of systems that are being used around the world. Dedicated to provide Simlat’s users with cutting-edge, immersive UAS simulation technology, Roy leads the company with sheer passion and embraces new ideas and developments with his exceptional expertise.
Thriving in a Conservative Ecosystem
Simlat started its journey as a startup in the aerospace industry segment mainly dominated by military customers of a highly conservative eco system. It took a while until Simlat’s innovation, quality, and cost-effectiveness were adopted by this market. Initial sales were hard, but once key international customers adopted Simlat technologies and were extremely satisfied by the technology and support, Simlat’s reputation and market share grew constantly in its niche markets.
Moreover, along with the shifting of the UAS industry towards civil and commercial applications, Simlat’s advantages became even more apparent leading to a leap in demand and installations. By 2013 Simlat sold products in 25 different countries. Later in 2016, Simlat was recognized by Frost & Sullivan as a leading provider of UAS training and simulation platforms as well as the most advanced UAS training solutions.
These days, Simlat’s products are being used around the world in diverse programs and provide a balanced and optimal solution for UAS operation training needs. Currently, the organization’s customer base is continuously growing with more UAS OEM choosing Simlat simulation as an integral part of their solution as well as prominent training centers selecting Simlat comprehensive line of products.
Simlat believes that in order to operate a UAS correctly, safely and effectively, a UAS operator should receive excellent training. However, when people hear the word “simulation” they become skeptic regarding the effectiveness of simulated training. During its initial period, Simlat had to prove why its systems were worthy and effective for the training of UAS operators especially since some of the benefits of simulation are not always so straightforward. With a vision to overcome this challenge, Simlat referred potential customers to existing ones from various backgrounds to showcase the value of its systems.
Making Simulation Much More Accessible
Simlat invests heavily in Research and Development and constantly improves its products and technology. It has continued to grow and develop its content packages and simulation capabilities to various fields of UAS use in order to continue leading the world of UAS simulation.
Simlat is always in touch with its customers and people in the ecosystem which helps the organization to set its goals for the future. It continuously pushes the boundaries as far as realism is concerned. The organization also believes simulation shall become more accessible in terms of connectivity and IT platforms, and is working around the clock in order to facilitate that trend.