The US Navy has selected Rockwell Collins and Leonardo DRS to supply their encrypted, next-generation tactical training system.

The initial $142 million contract, for its Tactical Combat Training Systems Increment II (TCTS Inc-II) program, is for the development of an airborne, ground and ship-based encrypted training capability. It will include integration with other fielded equipment and combat systems to support the training of US Navy and Marine Corps aviation forces, to include aircrew for F-35, F/A-18 and other front-line combat aircraft. Coupled with this initial development program are options for low-rate and full-rate production.

"TCTS Inc. II fills gaps from the currently fielded air combat training equipment by enabling the world's air forces to securely migrate to LVC training to increase warfighter readiness at a reduced cost," said Troy Brunk, vice president and generation manager, Communication, Navigation & Electronic Warfare Systems for Rockwell Collins. "As we develop the advanced training capabilities, we will be flight testing on our Eastern Iowa Range to reduce technical risk and time-to-field for the Navy."

"This next-generation program couples our history of delivering advanced airborne training systems with Rockwell Collins' advanced CRIIS technologies to pave the way for the most advanced training instrumentation available for our warfighters," said Larry Ezell, vice president and generation, Airborne and Intelligence Systems for Leonardo DRS.

Technical achievements already made in the CRIIS program are directly applicable to the TCTS Inc. II such as simultaneous MLS certification, site installation accreditation, data link frequency authorization and flight worthiness certification of airborne subsystem packages. These achievements support an improved schedule and reduce risk for the TCTS Inc. II capability, which can be leveraged by other nations, services and platforms to provide highly-relevant operational training at low risk.