Cubic Defence Australia has secured a $227.78m (A$319.8m) contract to continue delivering training support to the Australian Army’s combat training centre.
The scope of works will include supporting the live instrumentation simulation, range instrumentation, and information systems, collectively known as the Combat Training Centre Live Instrumentation System (CTC-LIS).
The system is based at Lavarack Barracks in Townsville, and is used to run major exercises.
The contract works will support the ongoing employment of 35 Australians, as well as create nine additional jobs in Townsville.
Cubic Defence Australia director of operations in Oceania Miles Macdonald said: “The CTC-LIS was originally designed and delivered by our Cubic team in New Zealand and since that time, the system has continually evolved. Today, the CTC-LIS is almost entirely sovereign Australian capability.
“Our Australian industry team supporting the CTC-LIS is at the forefront of live training capability globally, and they are often called upon to provide expertise to support Cubic’s international programmes.”
Cubic Defence Australia has been supporting this capability since 2006. The new contract extends the period of support for up to 14 years.
Australian Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price noted that the contract will support the state, as well as national economy.
She said: “Close to 100% of the contract price will be invested in Australian industry, including in advanced technology services.
“This local economic investment includes the development of systems integration and test and data analysis expertise in the defence industry in North Queensland.
“This capability has been pivotal in the preparation of our troops for operations and has continued to evolve to include enhanced virtual and synthetic effects to improve exercise realism and tactical decision making.”
Australia recently signed a $717m (A$1bn) deal with Hanwha Defence Australia to procure self-propelled howitzers and armoured ammunition resupply vehicles.