Cubic Mission and Performance Solutions has awarded a contract to Leonardo DRS’ Airborne & Intelligence Systems division to deliver additional P5 combat Training Systems (P5CTS) for the F-35 LIGHTNING II for the USAF, USN and partner nations, the company announced on 24 June.

Leonardo DRS will deliver two further production lots of its P5CTS internal subsystems for Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Air Combat Maneuvering Instrumentation (ACMI) system.

Military services are increasingly moving towards multi-domain operations, and since 2013, Leonardo DRS has delivered more than 779 of its P5CTS internal subsystems for the F-35 to provide training to counter and keep ahead of growing global adversarial threats.

The P5CTS internal subsystem is unlike traditional external training pods used on legacy 4th-generation fighter aircraft. It supports both 5th- and 4th-generation combat training operations. “Leonardo DRS’ unmatched ability to integrate ACMI systems onto fighter aircraft, either externally in pods, or internally in the F-35, continues to provide the warfighter the information they need to maximize the value of their training for current and future combat […] Through disciplined engineering and manufacturing processes, along with in-depth understanding of the conditions ACMI systems are required to perform under, we are able deliver the vital training systems to the F-35 for these production lots, as well as future F-35 requirements,” commented Larry Ezell, VP/GM of the Airborne & Intelligence division.   

Two further production lots of the internal subsystems for the P5CTS to support the global F-35 fleet will be delivered under the new contract. (Photo via Leonardo DRS)

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