On 20 April, Cubic Global Defense announced it has been awarded a contract valued at C$6 million from the Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) to upgrade the Data Communications Network (DCN) and Exercise Control Centre (EXCON) for the Canadian Weapons Effect Simulation System (CWES) in Wainwright, Alberta. The existing network and hardware will be replaced and EXCON software upgraded using the latest release of CATS Metrix software enhanced under the Urban Operations Training System (UOTS). Cubic anticipates completing all hardware and software upgrades by May 2018 to support Exercise "Maple Resolve" 2018, the Canadian Army’s largest and most complex training event of the year.
The CWES system, in use at the Canadian Manoeuvre Training Centre (CMTC) in Wainwright, allows for force-on-force training and provides realistic simulation for the engagement effects of Direct-Fire WES and Area WES weapons. The current DCN and EXCON used at CMTC are obsolete and will be replaced with the upgraded system that aligns with new capabilities introduced under the UOTS project.
“The Cubic-led modernisation of the Wainwright DCN/EXCON will ensure that a robust communication architecture is put in place to support current and future simulation training requirements at Canada’s premiere training facility,” Dave Buss, President of Cubic Global Defense, commented. “The overall live simulation training experience will be greatly enhanced, enabling performance-based training to meet the Canadian Armed Forces’ operational readiness standards now and into the future.”