Cubic Global Defense (CGD) has received a series of contracts from Lockheed Martin Aeronautics to manufacture and improve the air combat training system (ACTS) in the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF).

Under these contracts, the company will be responsible for incorporating an internally mounted subsystem of the P5 Combat Training System (P5CTS). The new system will allow the F-35 to maintain its stealth characteristics during training sessions.

The P5CTS is capable of offering secure, real-time and post-mission training for air-to-air, air-to-ground and surface-to-air combat missions.

The system will support the missions by displaying a live-air picture, recording mission data, and relaying time, space and positioning information between participating aircraft during training sorties.

Cubic Global Defense president Bill Toti said: "We are very proud to continue to team with Lockheed Martin to support the fifth generation community.

"This latest award demonstrates Cubic’s long history of delivering air combat training solutions to air forces across the globe and assures the F-35 community an integrated and comprehensive secure training environment including previous generations and other F-35 aircraft."

"We are very proud to continue to team with Lockheed Martin to support the fifth generation community."

The JSF P5, which is an encrypted training system, is interoperable with the P5CTS/tactical combat training system (TCTS) used by the US Air Force and Air National Guard, among others.

In another development, Materion Beryllium & Composites has delivered the first finished AlBeCast aluminum-beryllium investment cast components to Lockheed.

The components are intended for the F-35 electro-optical targeting system (EOTS).

With the new additions, EOTS will improve F-35 pilots’ situational awareness and also permits aircrews to identify areas of interest, perform reconnaissance and precisely deliver laser- and GPS-guided weapons.

Image: Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter. Photo: courtesy of Lockheed Martin Corporation.