Cubic to upgrade Canadian Army's DCN and EXCON


Cubic Global Defense (CGD) has been contracted to upgrade Canada's Department of National Defense's data communications network (DCN) and exercise control centre (EXCON).

The $4.5m contract, awarded by the Government of Canada, requires the company to upgrade hardware and software used by DCN and EXCON for the Canadian Weapons Effect Simulation (CWES) system.

Cubic will replace the existing network and EXCON hardware, besides upgrading EXCON software with CATS Metrix software that has been enhanced under the urban operations training system (UOTS).

Commenting on the upgrade, Cubic Global Defense president Dave Buss said: “The Cubic-led modernisation of the Wainwright DCN / EXCON will ensure that a robust communication architecture is put in place to support current and future simulation training requirements at Canada’s premier training facility.

"The overall live simulation training experience will be greatly enhanced, enabling performance-based training to meet the Canadian Armed Forces’ operational readiness standards now and into the future."

“The overall live simulation training experience will be greatly enhanced, enabling performance-based training to meet the Canadian Armed Forces’ operational readiness standards now and into the future.”

Canadian Army uses CWES system at the Canadian Manoeuvre Training Centre (CMTC) in Wainwright to provide force-on-force training.

The system facilitates realistic simulation for the engagement effects of Direct-Fire WES and Area WES weapons.

All hardware and software upgrades are expected to be completed by May 2018 to support Exercise Maple Resolve 2018, which is said to be the Canadian Army’s largest and most complex training event of the year.