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Published December 02, 2010, 05:32 PM

New UAS Systems Company Comes To Grand Forks

An Israeli UAS company we told you about officially opened up in Grand Forks Thursday at UND's Center For Innovation. It could be the start of more UAS-type businesses coming to the area from all over the world.

An Israeli UAS company we told you about officially opened up in Grand Forks Thursday at UND's Center For Innovation. It could be the start of more UAS-type businesses coming to the area from all over the world.

The company Simlat is based in Israel, and is one of the leading companies for Unmanned Aerial Systems. With UND's new UAS training program, Grand Forks Air Force Base's UAS mission, and the Border Patrol's involvement in UAS surveillance, Simlat is another step in making Grand Forks a headquarters for all things unmanned.

North Dakota continues to show its dominance in the field of Unmanned Aerial Systems. UND's Center for Innovation hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday.

"People that I am involved with think that this will be a great place to start, introduce our staff to be in the forfront of the technology and the products and about future research," said Yuval Pershin Simlat's President.

The Simlat Company is one of the leading training software companies for UAS systems.

"It will bring mainly to the state, they sell systems training software to government agencies could be schools could be the maintenance program in Thief River. They will have some testing they want to do some R&D work," said Tom Kenville the Center of Innovation Vice President of Development.

The University of North Dakota's UAS Program also plans to take advantage of Simlat's better training systems and internships with the business.

"What this could bring to us pilot selection, we have a contract with the Air Force to have a new pilot training program, they may be able to help us with pilot selection and developing that program," said Al Palmer Director of UND's UAS Program.

Peshin says having an office in Grand Forks will keep them at the top of what is happening in the UAS Industry.

"We finally made the step were a small company this is not an easy step but we did it and we did it here," said Peshin.

Persin says the company hopes to have its own building within the next 2 or 3 years.

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