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U.K. Selects Cubic-ICE Team for Attack Helicopter Training System.

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The team of Cubic Defense Systems Inc., a subsidiary of San Diego-based Cubic Corp. (AMEX:CUB), and Inter-Coastal Electronics (ICE) of Mesa, Ariz. has been selected by GKN Westland Helicopters Ltd. and the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence to supply an attack helicopter Collective Training System (CTS).

The combat helicopter training system will be the first of its kind outside of the U.S. and represents the potential for future global business for the U.S. team.

The system will provide training for British Army helicopter crews of the WAH-64 Attack Helicopter. The $3.2 million contract covers system engineering and integration of electronics and software, testing, data, and logistics support for the collective training system. The award means the Cubic-ICE team will provide the first phase of a high-fidelity combat training system for use at home station locations within the U.K.

The system provides exercise control and after-action reviews for live training missions in which targeting and weapons events are simulated, allowing realistic training against target suites. The system is designed to be expandable to allow for U.K. tactical engagement simulation interoperability enhancements to satisfy combined arms collective training objectives.

&uot;The experience, capability and products of the Cubic-ICE team provide the simulation training fidelity and flexibility, interoperability to support collective training objectives, and the lowest possible technical and schedule risk,&uot; said Bruce Roberts, president, Cubic Defense Systems. &uot;With increased emphasis everywhere on digital and automated combat simulation systems integration, this contract positions the Cubic-ICE team to capture similar business around the world,&uot; he added.

Three years ago, the Ministry of Defence selected Cubic and its British partners as the preferred supplier of a contract in excess of $100 million to build two Area Weapons Effect Simulator (AWES) combat training systems for the British Army.

&uot;The integration of Cubic-ICE's system with AWES will provide the U.K. with the most sophisticated combined arms training capability in the world today,&uot; Roberts said.

Cubic Defense Systems is the world leader in the design, manufacture and installation of instrumented air and ground training ranges. The company has successfully delivered more instrumented combat training systems of comparable or greater complexity to the CTS than any other company in the world.

ICE is a world leader in Apache systems integration and training instrumentation. ICE training products, in use by the 21st Cavalry, Ft. Hood, Texas, represent the industry standard for combat helicopter home station simulation training.
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