Training remotely piloted aircraft operations and data exploitation – Development of a testbed for integrated ground control station experimentation and rehearsal (TIGER)


  1. Covas-Smith, C.M.
  2. Grant, S.C.
  3. Hou, M.
  4. Joralmon, D.Q.
  5. Banbury, S.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Toronto Research Centre , Toronto ON (CAN)
Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) aircrews have dynamic, fast-paced operations and generally fly more hours than many manned platforms. The operational tempo does not allow sufficient time for training the less frequently encountered mission sets such as weapons employment or emergency operations. The United States Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) developed the Predator Research Integrated Networked Combat Environment (PRINCE), a medium-fidelity, non-proprietary, networkable RPA simulator, to combat this issue. The RPA pilot and sensor operator are only one component of the Planning and Direction, Col-lection, Processing and Exploitation, Analysis and Production, and Dissemination (PCPAD) process (i.e., the PC). The other half of the team is comprised of the intelligence analysts, who conduct the PAD portion of the process. Although RPA crews and analysts work together every day, they typically do not train together. AFRL's Warfighter Readiness Research Division and Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) – Toronto Research Centre have initiated a collaborative effort to take the flexible infrastructure from PRINCE and develop a system to research training for an integrated team for ISR operations. The Testbed for Integrated Ground Control Station Experimentation and Rehearsal (TIGER) was developed to assess training requirements for a pilot, sensor opera-tor and an intelligence analysis team. TIGER supports the development of collective training and also provides
unmanned air vehicles;training
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2016-P061 — External Literature
Date of publication
14 Sep 2016
Number of Pages
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