Cubic Global Defense (CGD) has won a contract worth approximately $4.5 million ($6 million CDN) from the Government of Canada to upgrade its Department of National Defence’s Data Communications Network (DCN) and Exercise Control Centre (EXCON) for the Canadian Weapons Effect Simulation (CWES) system.

Cubic will upgrade hardware and software associated with the DCN and EXCON, including replacement of the existing network and EXCON hardware. The EXCON software will also be upgraded using the latest release of CATS Metrix software enhanced under the Urban Operations Training System (UOTS).

The CWES system, used by the Canadian Army at the Canadian Manoeuvre Training Centre (CMTC) in Wainwright, permits force-on-force training in a manner that provides realistic simulation for the engagement effects of Direct-Fire WES and Area WES weapons. The current DCN and EXCON used at CMTC are obsolete and will be replaced with the upgraded system that aligns with new capabilities introduced under the UOTS project.

Cubic anticipates completing all hardware and software upgrades by May 2018 to support Exercise Maple Resolve 2018, the Canadian Army’s largest and most complex training event of the year.