Royal Thai Air Force selects Cubic Air Combat training technology

SAN DIEGO, Calif., 22 Nov. 2007. Cubic Defense Applications, the defense segment of Cubic Corporation, won a contract valued at more than $10 million to develop a new air combat training system for the Royal Thai Air Force. Two Thai air bases will soon join a growing number of U.S. and international installations in the Asia-Pacific region that are using Cubic's "rangeless" air combat training technology to polish the air combat maneuvering skills of military pilots.

SAN DIEGO, Calif., 22 Nov. 2007.Cubic Defense Applications, the defense segment of Cubic Corporation, won a contract valued at more than $10 million to develop a new air combat training system for the Royal Thai Air Force. Two Thai air bases will soon join a growing number of U.S. and international installations in the Asia-Pacific region that are using Cubic's "rangeless" air combat training technology to polish the air combat maneuvering skills of military pilots.

The system's air and ground components use the same technology employed by U.S. Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) pilots at Misawa and Kadena air bases in Japan, and the Osan and Kunsan bases in South Korea. The Royal Australian Air Force at Williamtown, New South Wales, and another nation in the region have also recently acquired this same Cubic developed technology, commonly referred to as "KITS" after the first installation at Kadena.

"This sale makes it possible for various Pacific Rim nations to conduct joint instrumented training using state-of-the-art technology, since all these systems are interoperable," remarks Philip J. Fisch, senior director of Business Development for Air Ranges for Cubic Defense Applications.

The new system consists of GPS-based instrumentation pods and ground systems. The system can monitor all maneuvers in real time and provide live feedback to pilots during training. The real-time monitor capabilities allow the training to be viewed at the bases. In addition, all the training exercise data is recorded for postmission debrief and analysis.

The ground systems feature Cubic's Individual Combat Aircrew Display System, or ICADS, which allows pilots to monitor, control, and debrief their training missions on standard PCs or laptop computers and includes many 2D, 3D, and alphanumeric views of simulated battles.

"Now Thailand will have its own instrumented air combat training system that it can use anywhere, anytime to give pilots that extra edge in training," Fisch says.

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