On 16 March 2016, Cubic Global Defense (CGD), a business unit of Cubic, announced the completion of its first live-flight demonstration of the Cubic BANDIT BOARD with partner Draken International, operator of the largest privately-owned fleet of ex-military aircraft. The Cubic BANDIT BOARD is an integrated low-cost tactical training capability that transmits the live P5 Combat Training System (P5 CTS) picture onto a kneeboard tablet of a pilot in an aggressor “Red Air” aircraft.
During the demonstration, Cubic successfully relayed the high-fidelity, real-time picture from the P5 CTS pod to a kneeboard tablet in a Draken A-4 cockpit. The Cubic Miniature Encryptor (CME), which demonstrated its encryption capability in September 2015, was utilised with an added data guard functionality as part of the Bandit Board flight demonstration.
Training for today’s advanced threats to air combat operations requires adaptable, high-fidelity training tools. The P5 CTS is designed to provide secure, tailored and scalable instrumentation solutions to best support soldier needs in air-to-air, air-to-ground and surface-to-air combat training missions. Cubic’s worldwide fielded system enhances real-time and post-mission training by displaying the live-air picture, recording mission data and relaying Time, Space and Positioning Information (TSPI) between participating aircraft during training sorties. Key components of the system include secure, GPS-enabled, aircraft-mounted airborne instrumentation pods plus ground stations, which help aircrew conduct, monitor and control air combat training and post-flight debriefing. Accurate scenario management and enhanced air combat training safety – especially for aircraft not equipped with Link-16 – ensures desired tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) and learning objectives can be delivered in the most cost effective manner.
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