Leonardo DRS announced on 2 December that it was awarded multiple contracts from Cubic Global Defense to deliver its advanced air combat training system pods to US and allied air forces around the world.

Under the contracts, worth a total of $60 million (€54 million), the company will deliver more than 250 P5 Combat Training System (P5CTS) pods and associated services. As the principal subcontractor to Cubic, the Leonardo DRS Airborne and Intelligence Systems business unit designs, produces and supports the P5CTS pods for the Air Combat Training System.

Leonardo DRS is responsible for performance in all areas related to the P5 Combat Training System airborne instrumentation subsystem, to include real-time weapon simulation, a high-fidelity instrumentation data link and onboard data recording to support real time training operations and post mission debriefing.

We are proud to be chosen to provide our high-performing technology to the US Air Force and air forces of these allied countries so their pilots can effectively train to the highest standards of combat flight tactics,” said Larry Ezell, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Leonardo DRS Airborne and Intelligence Systems business unit. “These awards highlight the strong commitment Leonardo DRS has to both our teammate, Cubic Global Defense, as well as to our US Air Force and international customer base.”

The P5CTS has become the standard in the current generation of air combat training, with over two million service hours. More than 30 US air combat training locations and multiple international partner air forces around the world are now flying the P5CTS.

A P5CTS pod installed. (Photo: Leonardo DRS)

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