Cubic Awarded Contract to Support F-35 Air Combat Training
Cubic Corporation (NYSE: CUB) announced today it was awarded a series of contracts from Lockheed Martin Aeronautics to produce and add enhancements to the Air Combat Training System (ACTS) of the F-35 fighter jet, also known as the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). Unlike the wing-mounted pods used on fourth generation fighters, the F-35 version of the P5 Combat Training System (P5CTS) incorporates an internally mounted subsystem that enables the F-35 to maintain its stealth characteristics while training.
Cubic and DRS Technologies, the principal subcontractor, are under a multimillion dollar contract to produce additional JSF P5 systems to support production aircraft. Two enhancements will be made to the system including an upgrade to make the ground subsystem compliant to Microsoft Windows 7 operating system and an upgrade of the encryption capability for the JSF P5 systems.
“We are very proud of our selection and continuing support to the fifth generation community. This extends a solid record of delivering technology that enables a very sophisticated training environment. It also extends our long history dating back to fourth generation and previous aircraft. Our system assures the F-35 community an integrated and comprehensive ACMI debrief for mixed-aircraft training,” said Dave Schmitz, president of Cubic Defense Applications. The JSF P5 system uses the same datalink as the P5CTS/TCTS system used by the U.S. Air Force, Air National Guard, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and many international partners. The JSF P5 datalink can receive and process information from any P5CTS/TCTS external pod including unencrypted information from fourth generation aircraft.
Cubic is the prime contractor responsible for performance in all areas of systems engineering, and for development/integration/installation of the ground instrumentation subsystem. DRS is the principal subcontractor responsible for performance in all areas related to the P5CTS airborne instrumentation subsystem. Engineering work for the training systems will be performed in San Diego, Calif., and Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
About Cubic Corporation
Cubic Corporation is the parent company of three major business segments. Cubic Transportation Systems is a leading integrator of payment and information technology and services for intelligent travel solutions. Cubic Defense Systems is a leading provider of realistic combat training systems and secure communications. Mission Support Services is a leading provider of training, operations, maintenance, technical and other support services for the U.S. and allied nations. For more information about Cubic, see the company’s Web site at www.cubic.com.
About DRS TechnologiesDRS Technologies is a leading supplier of integrated products, services and support to military forces, intelligence agencies and prime contractors worldwide and is the 2013 recipient of the Defense Security Service Award for Excellence in Counterintelligence as well as three James S. Cogswell Awards for Outstanding Industrial Security Achievement. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Finmeccanica SpA (FNC.MI), which employs approximately 70,000 people worldwide. DRS Training & Control Systems LLC located in Fort Walton Beach, FL, a subsidiary of DRS Technologies, fields and supports aircraft test and air combat training systems worldwide. The company also produces complex electronic control systems used in shipboard, ground and air weapon systems, to include aerial delivery and cargo handling systems. For more information about DRS Technologies, please visit the company’s website at http://www.drs.com.
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