Cubic Defense Applications has received a foreign military sale contract for the supply of its P5 Tactical Combat Training System / Tactical Combat Training System (P5CTS / TCTS) to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).

Under the $11m contract, awarded by Air Armament Command/EBYK (Range Instrumentation Systems Branch), Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, Cubic and principal subcontractor DRS Training and Control Systems will supply the trainer for use in F/A-18F Super Hornet crew training at RAAF Base Amberley.

Air Ranges senior programme manager, Michael Rodriguez, said: "This new system will allow for interoperability with the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter aircraft that the RAAF is planning to purchase in the near future. All F-35 Joint Strike Fighters for Australia will be delivered with an on-board, internal P5 airborne subsystem."

Similar to the existing US Navy’s TCTS, the new system will feature airborne instrumentation pods, transportable ground systems with live monitor, and portable ground subsystems including Cubic’s Individual Combat Aircrew Display System (ICADS) software for debriefing.

Cubic will also provide software and hardware to ensure its air combat manoeuvring instrumentation (ACMI) system operates and is capable of merging data for post-mission debriefing between the older Hornet systems and Super Hornet aircrews.

The fifth-generation P5 combat trainer is designed to 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.

Deliveries under the contract to RAAF Base Amberley are scheduled to take place in late 2012.

Currently, RAAF operates a fourth generation air combat training system delivered by Cubic in 2007 for training its F/A-18 Hornet crew at RAAF Base Williamtown in New South Wales, Australia.