Cubic Defense Applications has received a contract modification for the supply of its P5 Combat Training System / Tactical Combat Training System (P5CTS/TCTS) to the US Air Force (USAF).

Under the $30m contract extension, awarded by the USAF Range Instrumentation Systems Branch (EBYI), Cubic and principal subcontractor DRS Training and Control Systems will provide air force bases with airborne instrumentation subsystems and ground subsystems including live monitoring capability.

HQ Air Combat Command A3AR Range Instrumentation chief, Rudi Woodward, said: "The majority of the equipment will go to Joint Pacific Alaska Range complex, while the remaining equipment will be delivered to Nellis Air Force base to improve air combat training exercises."

The company has already delivered P5 ground subsystems infrastructure to Eielson AFB, in Alaska, US.

The fifth-generation P5 combat trainer will provide real-time training for air-to-air, air-to-ground and surface-to-air combat missions by recording mission data, relay time, 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 as well as the flexibility to carry out, anywhere, anytime training capability.

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The instrumentation pods have been installed abroad a wide variety of fighter aircraft including A-10, F-5, F-15, F-16 and F/A-18 aircraft, as well as on the aircraft of supporting USAF squadrons in Europe.

A number of foreign countries have also purchased the trainer which is also being ordered by Lockheed Martin for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF).

The P5CTS subsystem and associated components will be developed at DRS facility in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, while the ground subsystems including live monitoring capability, will be produced at Cubic’s facility in San Diego, US, followed by deliveries in the first half of 2013.