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Cubic details new training support contracts

6th November 2014 - 16:34 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Cubic has announced two training contracts that will see it support the training requirements of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and the US Army.

Under a $20 million contract, Cubic Corporation will provide the RAAF with a fifth generation Air Combat Maneuvering Instrumentation (ACMI)  P5 Tactical Combat Training System (P5 TCTS). The contract provides the RAAF with a major increase in P5 TCTS allowing use across all Air Combat Group aircraft platforms for pilot training.

The P5 TCTS combat trainer is designed to provide real-time and post-mission training for air-to-air, air-to-ground, and surface-to-air combat missions by recording mission data and relaying time, space and positioning information between participating aircraft during training sorties. Key components of the system include GPS-enabled aircraft-mounted airborne instrumentation ‘pods’ and ground stations, which will help aircrew to conduct, monitor and control air combat training and post-flight debriefing, as well as the flexibility to carry out anywhere, anytime training capability.

Dave Schmitz, president, Cubic Defense Applications, said: ‘With this contract, Cubic’s P5 TCTS will equip all Air Combat Group aircraft with the latest Air Combat Training System. With our technology, we enable the RAAF to further enhance debriefs at large training exercises such as Pitch Black and Talisman Sabre that are vital  to ensure combat readiness and mission success.’

The P5 TCTS is currently in use on the RAAF’s F/A-18F Super Hornet aircraft, and the addition of the new system will allow for P5 TCTS on three RAAF aircraft that currently do not use the system, including: MK-127 Hawk, F/A-18A/B Classic Hornet and the F/A-18G Growler.

A separate contract will see Cubic Applications deliver training and resource support for the US Army Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) Mission Training Complex (MTC) under a $15 million task order contract.

The Operations Training and Resource Support Services (OPTARSS) II multiple award indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contract acquires services in support of the training requirements, oversight and evaluation of the training of various component units of the US Army including the Army National Guard and US Army Reserve. The task order includes a transition period, one base year, and two one-year options.

The company will provide contracted services to support the operational mission requirements of JBLM, the US Forces Command (FORSCOM), Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), and others throughout the Department of Defense (DoD). Cubic’s technical support will provide the JBLM MTC with the capability to enable individual and collective training, leadership development, warfighter functions training, first person simulations and constructive simulations supporting facilities management  and access control. 

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