Cubic wins contract for Marine Corps flight simulators

SAN DIEGO, 16 Nov. 2005. The Naval Air Systems Command -- Orlando Training Systems Division (NAVAIR, Orlando-TSD) has awarded the defense segment of Cubic Corp. a five-year contract, potentially valued at $43.4 million, to provide the U.S. Marine Corps with instructors and operations and maintenance services for aviation simulators.

Nov 16th, 2005

SAN DIEGO, 16 Nov. 2005. The Naval Air Systems Command -- Orlando Training Systems Division (NAVAIR, Orlando-TSD) has awarded the defense segment of Cubic Corp. a five-year contract, potentially valued at $43.4 million, to provide the U.S. Marine Corps with instructors and operations and maintenance services for aviation simulators.

Under the USMC-Aircrew Training Systems program, Cubic will maintain and operate a wide range of virtual simulators at six Marine Corps installations: Marine Corps Air Stations (MCAS) Miramar and Camp Pendleton in San Diego; MCAS New River and Cherry Point in North Carolina, MCAS Yuma in Arizona; and Marine Corps Base Hawaii at Kaneohe Bay. The simulators will include flight, radar night attack, weapons systems, maintenance, procedures and multitask trainers.

Cubic will also provide contractor instructors at seven USMC sites. Aircraft systems that will be covered include:
* F/A-18C/D aircraft at MCAS Beaufort, South Carolina;
* AV-8B, KC-130 and EA-6B aircraft at Cherry Point;
* MV-22, CH-53D/E AH-1 and UH-1 and A/UH1 helicopters at New River;
* CH-53D/E helicopters at Kaneohe Bay;
* AV-8B aircraft at Yuma;
* AH-1 and UH-1 helicopters at Camp Pendleton; and
* CH-53D/E; CH-46E helicopters as well as KC-130 and F/A-18C/D aircraft at Miramar.

The contract represents Cubic's first task order under an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (ID/IQ) contract that Cubic and 10 other contractors received earlier this year through the Navy's Fielded Training Systems Support II program. The initial award qualified Cubic to compete for FTSS II task orders to provide a wide range of support services at Navy and Marine Corps sites around the world.

"Cubic is pleased that we can continue to serve the Marine Corps at our three current sites in the Carolinas, and we're excited about expanding to two brand-new sites at Camp Pendleton and Kaneohe Bay," said Kevin Hayes, vice president and general manager for Cubic's Worldwide Technical Services Division. "This contract also marks Cubic's return to the Miramar and Yuma installations, where we worked extensively in the 1970s and 1980s as the prime contractor for the air combat training system for the Navy Fighter Weapons School, or TOPGUN, before it moved to Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada."

Harold Carlisle, Cubic program manager for the FTSS II contract, noted that with this new contract win, Cubic has an extremely strong presence in the simulator business in San Diego County. "In addition to the new aviation simulator work at MCAS Miramar and Camp Pendleton, Cubic operates and maintains several different types of U.S. Navy aviation simulators at NAS North Island, including the S-3 Viking, C-2 transport, SH-60 Bravo helicopter and SH-60 Foxtrot/Hotel simulators," he said.

Cubic's Worldwide Technical Services Division is part of the Mission Support Business Unit of Cubic Defense Applications (CDA). One of two major segments of Cubic Corp., CDA provides realistic combat training systems, mission support and defense electronics. The corporation's other major segment, Cubic Transportation Systems, designs and manufactures automatic fare collection systems for public mass transit authorities. For more information, see www.cubic.com.

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