Leonardo DRS has won several new contracts from Cubic Global Defense [CUB] to provide advanced air combat training system pods to global air forces, the company said Dec. 2.
The contracts are worth a total of $60 million and include over 260 P5 Combat Training System (P5CTS) pods and associated services, which Leonardo DRS’ airborne and intelligence systems unit will design, produce and support for the Air Combat Training System program.
The subsystem will include real-time weapon simulation, a high-fidelity instrumentation data link, and onboard data recording that will support real-time training operations and post mission debriefing, Leonardo said in a Monday statement. The P5CTS is currently used for air combat training at over 30 U.S. locations and multiple international partner air forces, with over two million service hours.
“We are proud to be chosen to provide our high-performing technology to the U.S. Air Force and air forces of these allied countries so their pilots can effectively train to the highest standards of combat flight tactics,” said Larry Ezell, Senior Vice President General Manager of the Leonardo DRS Airborne and Intelligence Systems business unit. “These awards highlight the strong commitment Leonardo DRS has to both our teammate, Cubic Global Defense, as well as to our U.S. Air Force and international customer base,” he said.
Cubic also said Monday that it had been contracted by BAE Systems to provide the P5CTS pod as part of a Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft delivery to an international customer.
“P5CTS empowers Air Forces to conduct high-fidelity, live and interoperable training across their fleet of combat aircraft so that maximum readiness is attained from each flying hour,”said Jonas Furukrona, vice president and general manager of air training solutions at Cubic Global Defense.
“Cubic and our partner Leonardo DRS are working closely with international aircraft manufacturers like BAE to integrate and deliver the P5CTS and this order further sustains P5CTS viability through the Typhoon life cycle,” he added.