Cubic completes Bandit Board flight demonstration


Cubic Global Defense (CGD) has successfully completed its first live-flight demonstration of the Cubic Bandit Board, which was conducted jointly with Draken International.

During the Bandit Board flight demonstration, Cubic successfully relayed the high-fidelity, real-time picture from the P5 Combat Training System (P5 CTS) pod to a kneeboard tablet in a Draken A-4 cockpit.

Additionally, the company utilised the Cubic Miniature Encryptor (CME), with supplementary data guard functionality.

"We look forward to the adoption of our recently demonstrated Bandit Board and encryption solutions in expanded applications for the fielded P5 CTS system."

Cubic Global Defense senior vice-president said Dave Buss said: "Cubic's addition of the Bandit Board capability provides another application to the P5 CTS, which significantly increases the return on investment (ROI) for air combat training events.

"We look forward to the adoption of our recently demonstrated Bandit Board and encryption solutions in expanded applications for the fielded P5 CTS system."

The new solutions are expected to facilitate a seamless transition to the future Live, Virtual and Constructive (LVC) environment for the aircrew while operating P5 CTS.

The fifth-generation P5 combat trainer has been developed by Cubic Defense Applications and principal subcontractor, DRS Technologies.

It provides real-time training for air-to-air, air-to-ground and surface-to-air combat missions by recording mission data, and relay time, as well as space and positioning information between participating aircraft during training sorties.

The GPS-enabled aircraft-mounted airborne instrumentation packages and ground stations will help aircrew to conduct, monitor and control air combat training and post-flight debriefing. It will also give it the flexibility to carry out, anywhere, anytime training capabilities.