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Cubic lands new order for F-35 Air Combat Training Systems


Cubic Corporation yesterday announced its Cubic Global Defense (CGD) business division, was awarded a contract from Lockheed Martin to deliver its latest-generation Air Combat Training System (ACTS) for the F-35 Lightning II. Cubic is scheduled to deliver more than 500 F-35 Training Subsystems over the next four years as part of Lockheed Martin's F-35 production Lots 12-14.


Cubic lands new order for F 35 Air Combat Training Systems 001 F-35A Lightning II fighter jets from the USAF 388th Fighter Wing at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, fly in formation over the Utah Test and Training Range, March 30, 2017
(Credit: U.S. Air Force/R. Nial Bradshaw)


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.

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

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. Engineering work for the ground systems will be performed in San Diego, CA, while the airborne systems will be performed in Fort Walton Beach, FL.