24 Sep 2018

Cubic to deliver next-generation Air Combat Training System for F-35 aircraft

Cubic Global Defense has been awarded a contract from Lockheed Martin to deliver its latest-generation Air Combat Training System (ACTS) for the F-35 Lightning II.

The deal will see Cubic provide over 500 F-35 training subsystems over the next four years as part of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 production Lots 12-14.

The ACTS for the F-35 includes the P5 Combat Training System (P5CTS) Internal Subsystem configuration (IS) and the P5 ground software. P5CTS is a pod solution that relays Time, Space and Position in Information (TSPI) between participating aircraft during training sorties.

P5CTS enables real-time, live monitoring and recorded mission data of air-to-air, air-to-ground and surface-to-air training scenarios for post mission analysis. However, unlike the previous wing-mounted P5 pods, the Internal Subsystem in the F-35 is placed inside the aircraft.

The F-35 Training Subsystems to be delivered in Lots 12-14 will add onto more than 500 low-rate initial production (LRIP) units that will have been delivered by Cubic prior to the start of Lot 12 production. Cubic and its principal subcontractor, Leonardo DRS, will continue to produce and maintain the embedded P5 solution for the F-35 Internal Training Subsystem. The Leonardo DRS Airborne and Intelligence Systems business division is responsible for the design and production of the airborne P5CTS Internal Subsystem.

Dave Buss, President of Cubic Global Defense, said: “Fifth-generation aircrew require a complex training scenario to prepare them for combat operations in a contested environment.

“With this next-generation air combat training system, F-35 fighter pilots can receive not only a dedicated training system to accurately capture exercise data but also have the capability to train with fourth-generation aircraft that carry wing-mounted pod version of the P5 Combat Training System.”

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