Cubic Corporation’s Cubic Global Defense business division has been awarded a P5 Combat Training System (P5CTS) contract by the United States Air Force (USAF). The order includes additional P5CTS airborne subsystems (pods) for the USAF plus pods and associated ground subsystems for a foreign military sales (FMS) customer. The P5CTS provides high-fidelity, live mission training capabilities for advanced weapons and tactics training. The P5CTS enhances U.S. and coalition air combat training and allows warfighters to train as they fight.
“With over 2,000 P5CTS pods and associated ground systems in use around the world today, this large order from the USAF demonstrates the continued training value P5CTS provides on a daily basis from unit level training up to large force training exercises such as Red Flag,” said Jonas Furukrona, vice president and general manager of air training solutions, Cubic Global Defense. “Cubic and Leonardo DRS are continually making capability improvements to the system in support of the USAF goal of sustaining the P5CTS program of record beyond 2030. Our system sets the standard for joint and coalition training.”
Training for today’s advanced threats to air combat operations requires adaptable, high-fidelity training tools. The P5CTS is designed to provide tailorable and scalable instrumentation solutions that best support warfighter needs in air-to-air, air-to-ground and surface-to-air combat training missions.
P5CTS enhances real-time and post-mission training by displaying the live-air picture, recording mission data, adjudicating weapons engagements and relaying Time, Space and Positioning Information (TSPI) between participating aircraft during training sorties. Key components of the system include secure, GPS-enabled, aircraft-mounted airborne instrumentation “pods” plus ground stations, which help aircrew conduct, monitor and control air combat training and post-flight debriefing.