Cubic Global Defense (CGD) has integrated its air combat manoeuvring instrumentation (ACMI) system with the Cubic Canadian weapon effect simulation (CWES) system on the F-18 aircraft.

The company demonstrated the improved training capability during Canadian Forces’ largest annual air-ground training exercise, Maple Resolve.

Using an ACMI system, the Royal Canadian Air Force F-18 aircraft conducted simulated attacks and processed real-time kill notification (RTKN) weapon effects on live, ground targets of opportunity outfitted with CWES systems.

"The demonstration at Maple Resolve sets the stage for soldiers to sharpen their skills within a realistic, complex and challenging operating environment."

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.

The joint terminal attack controllers (JTAC) and Canadian Air Force pilots recorded live-tracking operations-level control of the air and ground units.

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CGD vice-president and general manager Mike Knowles said: "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.

"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."

The Maple Resolve exercise witnessed participation of more than 6,500 air and ground personnel in close air support coordination.

The exercise was conducted at the Canadian Manoeuvre Training Centre in Wainwright, Alberta, Canada.