Cubic's ``Rangeless'' Technology Brings New Level of Realism to International Aircrew Training at Maple Flag 2002.Business Editors & Aviation/Defense Writers
SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 5, 2002
A next-generation combat training system developed by Cubic Corp. (AMEX AMEX
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Established in 1978, MAPLE FLAG is one of the largest such exercises in the world, as it makes use of the extensive Cold Lake Air Weapons Range (CLAWR) which is co-existent with CFB 2002 -- one of the world's largest multinational air combat exercises held annually at Cold Lake, Canada.
Combat pilots from 11 countries are learning to fight in a NATO NATO: see North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
in full North Atlantic Treaty Organization
International military alliance created to defend western Europe against a possible Soviet invasion. team environment at Maple Flag 2002, which runs through June 21 at the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range.
For the first time, the exercise incorporates Cubic's "rangeless" technology, an integral feature of the Canadian Forces' new CF-18 Air Combat Maneuvering Instrumentation (ACMI ACMI Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance and Insurance (wet lease)
ACMI Art & Creative Materials Institute
ACMI Air Combat Maneuvering Instrumentation
ACMI American College of Medical Informatics
ACMI Australian Center for the Moving Image ) system. This capability allows pilots to train autonomously -- in any available airspace without reliance on a fixed or "tethered Attached to a data or power source by wire or fiber. Contrast with untethered. " range -- using Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) technology and easily transportable components.
"Recent world events have underscored the need to provide versatile training systems that prepare U.S. and NATO forces See: force(s). for joint air operations Air operations performed with air capabilities/forces made available by components in support of the joint force commander's operation or campaign objectives, or in support of other components of the joint force. ," said Gerald Dinkel, president and CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. of the Cubic Defense Applications Group.
The Cubic-built CF-18 system now provides both fully autonomous and tethered ACMI training capabilities. The system's components, including GPS-based instrumentation pods and display systems, were delivered February 2001 to the Canadian Forces under contracts totaling $13.4 million.
"The upgraded ACMI greatly enhances 'dissimilar' air combat training between allied countries, which will increase force effectiveness during large-scale conflicts," said Philip Fisch, director of Business Development for Cubic's Training Systems division. "The CF-18 system is compatible with numerous aircraft platforms around the world. It also provides expanded tracking capability at longer ranges, allowing live controllers to track up to 72 high-activity aircraft in real-time. The older system Canada ACMI could only track eight aircraft in a single exercise."
At Maple Flag 2002, CF-18 pods are flying on German F-4s, Singapore F-16s, British Jaguars, Canadian CF-18s, U.S. Navy F/A-18s, French Mirage F-1s, French Mirage 2000s, and Netherlands and Denmark F-16s.
The exercise also marks the first time that the Cubic-built Kadena Instrumentation System (KITS) and the Canadian CF-18 ACMI systems have been merged together in the same training exercise. Kadena AB F-15s and Misawa AB F-16s are flying with KITS pods during Maple Flag 2002.
"It is a rare opportunity to support a joint training mission involving multiple NATO countries," said Keith Shean, Cubic program manager for Maple Flag. "We are very thrilled that our system is making this mission possible and enhancing training and readiness for combat pilots worldwide. This will ensure they are much better prepared if ever placed in harm's way harm's way
A risky position; danger: a place for the children that is out of harm's way; ships that sail into harm's way. ."
Cubic's Worldwide Technical Services division at Cold Lake has assisted with more than a 90 sorties each day of Maple Flag. The exercise combines large-scale operations with air-to-air and ground-to-air electronic threats. The aircraft are tracked via the GPS-based pods that are mounted on the aircraft. These mobile pods collect in-flight data for both real-time tracking and post-mission debriefs.
The Canadian CF-18's other advanced features include a data link relay, a real-time display system, a No Drop Weapons Scoring capability and integration of Surface Threat Electronic Warfare Noun 1. electronic warfare - military action involving the use of electromagnetic energy to determine or exploit or reduce or prevent hostile use of the electromagnetic spectrum
military action, action - a military engagement; "he saw action in Korea" elements. These new features will make the system an important part of fighter pilot training for both daily squadron level operations as well as the annual multinational Maple Flag exercise.
Maple Flag has its origins in the Air Force's "Red Flag" multinational exercises that are held at Nellis Air Force Base Nellis Air Force Base (IATA: LSV, ICAO: KLSV) is a United States Air Force base, in Clark County, Nevada, on the northeast side of Las Vegas. It is also treated as a census-designated place by the United States Census for statistical purposes, and so specific , Nev., which rely on the Cubic-developed Nellis Air Combat Training System.
The Cubic Defense Applications group, one of Cubic's two major segments, produces instrumented air and ground combat training systems, battle command training, simulations and simulation support for U.S. and allied military forces. The group also produces high technology avionics, data links and communications products for government and commercial customers, and a wide range of technical and logistics services. The corporation's other major segment, Cubic Transportation Systems, designs and manufactures automatic fare collection systems for public mass transit mass transit, public transportation systems designed to move large numbers of passengers. Types and Advantages
Mass transit refers to municipal or regional public shared transportation, such as buses, streetcars, and ferries, open to all on a authorities. For more information about Cubic, see the company's Web site at www.cubic.com.