Rockwell Collins and DRS Technologies’ training and control systems business have collaborated to develop secure air combat training capabilities for the US and international air forces.
The joint secure air combat training system (JSAS) will take advantage of the newly developed security and instrumentation technologies from the common range integrated instrumentation system (CRIIS).
With a certified multiple independent levels of security (MILS) architecture, the JSAS includes a higher throughput data link to offer significantly higher training fidelity compared with the current generation systems.
Rockwell Collins Surface Solutions vice-president and general manager Tommy Dodson said: "This agreement expands upon the companies’ existing business relationship, a proven cultural fit that brings together two complementary capabilities with deep expertise in data links, navigation, and security along with ruggedised design to support the air combat training environment.
"The JSAS will bring the next generation of US and allied warfighters a unique and significantly improved air combat training capability based on the CRIIS technologies.
"The open architecture allows integration of third party applications to support future upgrades, advanced weapon simulations, and the emerging needs for supporting live-virtual-constructive (LVC) training operations."
In order to maximise the training realism for each participant, the JSAS solution offers scalable use from small squadron-level training to large force exercises.
The system will also integrate with current range assets such as electronic warfare (EW) threat emitters and also ground-based participants in supporting the customer need in the larger force exercises.
DRS Training & Control Systems vice-president Larry Ezell said: "Together our two companies will field the next generation of secure, LVC-capable training solutions, paving the way for seamless interoperability between 5th generation F-35 and legacy aircraft as they train together in coalition events."