The Vidar Group, LLC, a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business comprised of current and former military operators, will provide support to the Royal Netherlands Air Force Aircrews’ Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Training.
The Vidar Group utilizes staff with qualifications such as Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTAC) from the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Army, and U.S. Navy to provide realistic, live-fly training missions, aircrew flight simulation scenarios, formal classroom instruction, and radio communication training to its global customers. Since 2017, The Vidar Group has trained 100S of Governments and Military Aircrews from around the globe, enabling them to be uniquely qualified for real-world missions following training.
“Our team takes great pride in working directly with each customer, ensuring they have the knowledge and understanding to execute their role in the fight. Most aircrews will simply conduct ISR missions, but those who get tossed into a complex, multi-role, kinetic mission, we want them to understand how they provide value,” said CEO/Founder Wes Shover. “Our team knows they impact real missions and our role here is extremely important to everyone at Vidar.”
The Vidar Group has become an integral part of the expansion at Grand Sky Business Park, giving access to some of the most talented subject matter experts in a location exceptionally conducive for RPA missions. By working with local landowners in the surrounding area, Vidar gives aircrews a live simulation of missions they will see in the future. North Dakota serves as a superior location to simulate austere environments, arctic conditions, and even barren terrain.
“Our team has utilized RPAs, fighter aircraft, bombers, and other close air support (CAS) assets for more than 20 years in the conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa and other locations around the world in austere, dangerous wartime missions. We know how to train like we fight, and we also know how to train like we will need to fight in the future,” Shover said. “We love our job and our mission here, and we understand our value in preparing the new and veteran aircrews for what’s coming.” Hinting at what the company is aimed to do with the U.S. Air Force MQ-9 Reaper Program soon.
The Vidar founders and staff come from a diverse post-9/11 background, hailing from the original MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper training programs which have been conducting this sort of training since 2008 at bases in New Mexico and Nevada. Vidar training crews draw their experience from other programs such as the MC-12W Project Liberty Program, contract CAS training, and a variety of military unmanned aircraft vehicle (UAV) programs in the U.S. and deployed locations.
“Our team comes from all branches of service and from all over the world to Grand Forks to prepare the next generation of aircrews. It is a great place to be, at the center of all things unmanned – the Silidrone Valley,” Shover said. “Grand Forks is the right place to be if you want to train with the best.”