Air Force will use Cubic for radar training

SAN DIEGO, 20 Oct. 2005. The defense segment of Cubic Corp. has received a five-year, $11 million dollar contract to assist Northrop Grumman Information Technology in training Air Force troops to use radar.

Oct 20th, 2005

SAN DIEGO, 20 Oct. 2005. The defense segment of Cubic Corp. has received a five-year, $11 million dollar contract to assist Northrop Grumman Information Technology in training Air Force troops to use radar.

Under the new contract, Cubic's Operations Support Division, part of Cubic Defense Applications, will provide a broad range of mission support to the First Air Force's Western Air Defense Sector (WADS) headquarters at McChord Air Force Base in Washington state.

WADS covers more than 60 percent of the nation's airspace west of the Mississippi River, including the Canadian and Mexican borders, and has the job of keeping U.S. airspace secure. WADS uses ground-based fixed and mobile radars, as well as data-linked information from the E-3 AWACS aircraft and U.S. Navy vessels, to detect, track and identify unknown or threatening airborne objects near or within the Western United States.

Cubic's support will include curriculum development and exercise design for both live- and simulation-based air sovereignty training. Additional support and requirements analysis will be provided on operating, maintaining and scheduling C4 (command, control, communications and computers) and information technology systems.

"This contract increases our business with First Air Force and the Air National Guard, and provides an excellent springboard to support Air Guard and Homeland Defense requirements in all three Air Defense Sectors," said Mike St. John, Cubic program manager.

"Cubic is currently assisting Northrop Grumman Information Technology in providing training and C4 operations analytical services at McChord Air Force Base. Now our companies will play an expanded role that will allow WADS to restore all headquarters support activities to pre-9/11 levels. Since September 11, WADS Air Guard personnel have been dedicated to 24/7 operations supporting the Homeland Defense mission, with little time for support activities."

Cubic's Operations Support Division is part of the Mission Support Business Unit of Cubic Defense Applications (CDA). One of two major segments of Cubic Corporation, 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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