SAN DIEGO, Calif., 1 Oct. 2007.Cubic Defense Applications, the defense segment of Cubic Corp., won a $50.3 million development contract from Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co. to design and integrate an embedded version of its latest-generation air combat training system for the F-35 Lightning II, also known as the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF).
The new system is based on Cubic's pod-based P5 Combat Training System/Tactical Combat Training System technology.
Cubic is scheduled to deliver five prototypes, including airborne instrumentation and ground station planning and debrief software systems as part of F-35 System Development and Demonstration. The airborne training instrumentation will be installed in all F-35 stealth fighters.
Cubic and its partners DRS Technologies Inc. of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and FAAC of Ann Arbor, Mich., will use a P5 Internal Subsystem designed for Hornet and Harrier aircraft as the baseline for the F-35 Internal Subsystem. FAAC will assist Cubic in developing the weapons simulations for the F-35 and its new-generation weapons systems.
The development contract also contains a requirement for a fully encrypted and exportable data link, a first-ever component for a Cubic air combat training system.