Cubic Global Defense has been awarded a contract to deliver additional airborne subsystems for the P5 Combat Training System (P5CTS) to the US Air Force (USAF) and both airborne and ground-based components of the system to an international Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customer.
The P5CTS system provides high-fidelity, live mission training capabilities for advanced airborne weapons and tactics training. It enhances US and coalition air combat training and allows aircrews to ‘train as they fight,’ being is equipped with advanced security features, real-time air-to-air and air-to-ground weapons simulations and live monitoring functions.
“Cubic, along with principal subcontractor for the airborne instrumentation pod Leonardo DRS, are very pleased to continue delivering our P5CTS to the USAF and our international customers. With over 2,000 P5CTS pods and associated ground systems in use around the world today, this large order from the USAF demonstrates the continued training value P5CTS provides on a daily basis from unit level training up to large force training exercises such as Red Flag,” explained Jonas Furukrona, Vice President and General Manager of Air Training Solutions at Cubic Global Defense. “Cubic and Leonardo DRS are continually making capability improvements to the system in support of the USAF goal of sustaining the P5CTS program of record beyond 2030. Our system sets the standard for joint and coalition training. We look forward to working closely with the USAF and our international customer to deliver a system that enables operators to attain maximum readiness from every valuable flight hour.”
Training for today’s advanced threats to air combat operations requires adaptable, high-fidelity training tools. The P5CTS is designed to provide tailorable and scalable instrumentation solutions that best support trainee needs in air-to-air, air-to-ground and surface-to-air combat training missions.
The globally-fielded P5CTS enhances real-time and post-mission training by displaying the live air picture, recording mission data, adjudicating weapons engagements 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.