Cubic Global Defense (CGD), a business unit of Cubic Corporation, announced the successful integration of its Air Combat Maneuvering Instrumentation (ACMI) system onboard the Canadian Air Force F-18 aircraft, to the Cubic Canadian Weapon Effect Simulation (CWES) system. The enhanced training capability was demonstrated during the Canadian Forces’ largest annual air-ground training exercise, Maple Resolve, at the Canadian Manoeuver Training Centre in Wainwright, Alberta, Canada.
During exercise Maple Resolve, Canadian F-18 aircrew utilized Cubic’s ACMI system to conduct simulated attacks and process Real-Time Kill Notification (RTKN) weapon effects on live, ground targets of opportunity outfitted with CWES systems.
More than 6,500 Maple Resolve air and ground participants benefitted from this advanced training, which improved Close Air Support coordination while preventing friendly fire or ‘Blue on Blue,’ incidents. Combined arms training was further enhanced by allowing detailed, live-tracking operations-level control, which was recorded for comprehensive debriefs by Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTAC) and Canadian Air Force pilots.
“The successful synergy of air and ground training enhances the value and effectiveness of joint training and the demonstration at Maple Resolve sets the stage for soldiers to sharpen their skills within a realistic, complex and challenging operating environment,” said Mike Knowles, Vice President and General Manager for Cubic Global Defense.
“We are delighted to have participated in Maple Resolve with the Canadian Forces to deliver and validate a fully integrated air and ground training environment that provides real and measurable feedback to increase training proficiency and readiness,” he added.
As a leading integrator of military training systems, Cubic continues to advance its instrumentation systems to enable military operators to train more effectively and with less risk in more realistic and integrated environments. Cubic ACMI systems feature air-to-air and air-to-ground weapons simulations, and integrate with surface-to-air weapons simulation; real-time monitoring capabilities; and post-mission debriefs. The CWES system enables live force-on-force collective training exercises using lasers and radio signals instead of real munitions. Electronic components are integrated into every soldier's equipment as well as onto all vehicles allowing instant feedback on the results of each laser or radio-based engagement.
The ACMI-CWES integration innovation is an example of how Cubic is leading the shift from traditional live training to next-generation training solutions which leverage integrated Live, Virtual and Constructive (LVC) environment with interconnected systems.
Cubic Corporation designs, integrates and operates systems, products and services focused in the transportation, defense training and secure communications markets. As the parent company of two major business units, Cubic’s mission is to increase situational awareness and understanding for customers worldwide.
Cubic Global Defense is a leading provider of realistic combat training systems, secure communications and networking and highly specialized support services for military and security forces of the U.S. and allied nations.