Cubic Global Defense has won a multi-year contract from the US Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) 711th Human Performance Wing to develop and demonstrate a Live, Virtual, Constructive (LVC) system for air combat training. The award is part of the Secure LVC Advanced Training Environment (SLATE) Advanced Technology Demonstration (ATD) program. AFRL formed the SLATE ATD team as a government/industry consortium since each partner leverages unique expertise or key system understanding to support the overall ATD objectives.

Cubic is designated the Systems Integrator working with partners to deliver LVC airborne and ground subsystems. While the overall purpose of blending synthetic environments with live training in an LVC system is to enhance realism and improve the cost-effectiveness of training, the specific intent of the SLATE ATD is to prove technological feasibility and assess operability and ability to produce LVC subsystems. Cubic and the SLATE partners plan to develop and demonstrate an LVC system at Technology Readiness Level 7.

The overall approach in the SLATE ATD will be to employ fourth-generation aircraft with modified ACMI airborne subsystems repurposed for multi-level encrypted LVC, in both tethered and untethered training scenarios. The team will also evaluate extensibility of the technical solutions to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. After successful demonstrations, the ATD will deliver specifications, use cases and technologies that can be used to support an LVC acquisition program.