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May 17, 2015

Cubic to support USAF Sustainment Center to improve secure communications

Cubic Global Defense has received a contract to support the US Air Force (USAF) Sustainment Center to enable secure communications between rescue forces and isolated persons during civil and combat search and rescue (CSAR) missions.

By Samseer M

Cubic Global Defense has received a contract to support the US Air Force (USAF) Sustainment Center to enable secure communications between rescue forces and isolated persons during civil and combat search and rescue (CSAR) missions.

Under this $1.7m contract from Support Systems Associates (SSAI), Cubic will deliver the second generation of lightweight airborne recovery system (LARS) specifically for the HC-130J aircraft.

The new system will be integrated and installed by SSAI into the HC-130J weapon system platform.

Cubic Global Defense president Bill Toti said: "LARS technology is critical to ensuring the US Air Force can support our nation’s search and rescue strategy.

"Cubic will deliver the second generation of lightweight airborne recovery system (LARS) specifically for the HC-130J aircraft."

"The US Air Force relies on the accuracy and timeliness of the secure communications Cubic’s LARS solution provides to complete successful combat rescue missions."

The upgraded LARS is smaller, lighter and more powerful when compared to its predecessor.

It is capable of communicating vital information that reduces location and authentication time when searching for individuals. This will result in better safety of the crew and survivor.

In addition, the system features the combat survivor evader locator radio and Cursor On-Target to enhance US CSAR operations.

The airborne locator system has been the number one CSAR system for US and Nato forces for nearly two decades, the company stated.

Recently, Cubic successfully completed the first phase of a development of a manned / unmanned (M/UM), live, virtual, and constructive (LVC) deployable air range system for the USAF.

The company, along with the Wright State Research Institute (WSRI) and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), is developing M/UM LVC range, which when complete will be the first planned unmanned aerial systems (UAS) range to combine LVC capabilities.

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