Cubic in Forefront of New Effort to Develop U.S.-Australia Joint Combined Training Centre; Company Wins Contract to Provide Live Integrated Air-Ground Combat Training Capability and LVC Integration Efforts.
A project of the Australian Defence Force (ADF), the U.S. Pacific Command and U.S. Joint Forces Command, the JCTC effort aims at increasing operational capability, combat readiness and interoperability between the U.S. and Australia, and encourages integration of live, virtual and constructive (LVC) training technologies.
Cubic has received a contract from the ADF to integrate Australia's laser-based instrumented training system for infantry and armor forces, LAND-134, being supplied by Cubic New Zealand, with other simulations systems, including the Cubic Air Combat Maneuvering Instrumentation (ACMI) system.
"Cubic already has a track record in integrating live air and ground elements into unilateral training exercises involving the United States and the United Kingdom," said Ray Barker, senior vice president in charge of the Training Systems Business Unit. "This new JCTC initiative will take air-ground training to the bilateral level -- integrating air and ground elements belonging to two countries. A task of this scale has never been attempted."
Cubic's long history as a leading international supplier of both air and ground combat training systems makes the task easier. Cubic is the prime contractor for LAND-134, the transportable ground combat training system in the final stages of integration and test at Townsville in Queensland. Cubic is also the leader in supplying ACMI systems worldwide, including the current system used by the U.S. Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) to train with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). Additionally, Cubic's expertise in the area of the Test and Training Enabling Architecture (TENA), the computer framework that will underpin the JCTC effort, is essential. TENA is the architecture of choice for integration of systems in support of Joint Training in the United States, and provides for a standard open interface protocol.
Under Cubic's contract with ADF, TENA software interfaces will be developed between the ACMI and LAND-134, and potentially other tracking and instrumentation systems such as Cubic's Initial-Homestation Instrumentation Training System (I-HITS) used by the U.S., and the Urban Operations Training Facility planned for Australia. The software interfaces will allow the air and ground live combat training systems to exchange data in real time. This will allow for real-time Air to Ground engagements and will provide the Americans and Australians from different services the ability to train together as they fight together, with real-time feedback. Cubic's PC-Range Instrumentation System training command-and-control software will serve as focal point for after-action reviews.
The U.S. and Australia's roadmap for JCTC includes a concept validation event at Exercise Talisman Sabre scheduled for June 2007. Cubic's systems will feature prominently in the event.
"Cubic is pleased to be in on the ground floor of building up a key piece of training infrastructure in Australia," commented Dianna Granum, director of Business Development for Cubic Defense Applications. "We are excited to be able to contribute to making the JCTC vision a reality."
Cubic Defense Applications (CDA) is one of Cubic Corporation's two major segments. CDA is a world leader in realistic combat training systems, mission support services and defense electronics. The corporation's other major segment, Cubic Transportation Systems, designs and manufactures automatic fare collection systems for public mass transit authorities. For more information about Cubic, see the company's website at www.cubic.com.
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|Date:||Sep 12, 2006|
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