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Cubic demonstrates Bandit Board

18th March 2016 - 12:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Cubic Global Defense (CGD), along with partner Draken International, has successfully completed its first live-flight demonstration of the Cubic Bandit Board tactical training capability, it announced on 16 March.

Bandit Board is designed to transmit a live P5 Combat Training System (P5 CTS) picture onto a pilot kneeboard tablet in the aggressor aircraft to increase the aircraft's situational awareness during training missions.

During the demonstration the system successfully relayed the real-time picture from the P5 CTS pod to a kneeboard tablet in a Draken A-4 cockpit. The Cubic Miniature Encryptor (CME) was also utilised with added data guard functionality.

The two Draken fighter aircraft carrying the CME encrypted P5 CTS pods used their associated tablets to validate their positions and formations. Aircraft scalable location display, altitude, airspeed, vector and pairing data were part of the P5 CTS tablet’s software application. A P5 CTS Live Monitor ground station captured the sortie data and post flight validated the picture recorded on the tablets. 

The P5 CTS system provides instrumentation solutions for surface-to-air, air-to-ground and air-to-air combat training missions. The system’s key components include aircraft-mounted, GPS-enabled airborne instrumentation pods and ground stations that allow the aircrew to monitor, conduct and control air combat training and post-flight debriefing.

Dave Buss, senior vice president, Cubic Global Defense, said: 'Cubic’s addition of the Bandit Board capability provides another application to the P5 CTS, which significantly increases the return on investment for air combat training events. We look forward to the adoption of our recently demonstrated Bandit Board and encryption solutions in expanded applications for the fielded P5 CTS system.'

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