Cubic Global Defense (CGD) has upgraded the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF) Hawk 127 fleet with advanced air combat training systems.

The aircraft have been equipped with Cubic’s P5 Combat Training Systems (CTS/TCTS) with Air Combat Maneuvering Instrumentation (ACMI) pods.

Cubic delivered more than 60 P5 sets as part of the Lead-In Fighter Capability Assurance Program (LIFCAP), which achieved initial operating capability (IOC) earlier this month.

Cubic Global Defense Australia general manager Miles Macdonald said: “Our solutions enable RAAF Hawk aircrew to electronically review air combat training missions with fidelity not previously seen in the Hawk fleet.

“Additionally, squadron mission supervisors now have the ability to observe aircraft during flight using the live monitor functionality, plus manage the mission and flight environment to improve training performance.”

"Squadron mission supervisors now have the ability to observe aircraft during flight using the live monitor functionality."

Cubic said P5CTS and ACMI offer enhanced air combat training capabilities such as live monitor functionalities and debriefing stations for the Hawk 127 Lead-In Fighter.

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The P5CTS is claimed to provide real-time and post-mission training for air-to-air, air-to-ground and surface-to-air combat missions by displaying the live-air picture, recording mission data, and relaying time, space and positioning information between participating aircraft during training sorties.

The system’s components include GPS-enabled, aircraft-mounted airborne instrumentation ‘pods’ plus ground stations, which help aircrew conduct, monitor and manage air combat training and post-flight debriefing.

Cubic also provided P5CTS and ACMI for the F/A-18F/G Super Hornet and Growler, F/A-18A Hornet, and the flight test community of the Air Warfare Centre.