Townsville-based Cubic Defence Australia has won a contract to deliver training services for the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

The $5m contract is for the first stage of the Integrated Training Environment for Combat Training Centre 2025.

Under the contract, the first stage of work will include new communications towers. The existing equipment of the defence industry will undergo an upgrade.

Australian Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said: “Cubic Defence Australia will deliver a communications capability to support a blended live and virtual training environment for the ADF.

“Having visited Cubic Defence Australia with local MP Phil Thompson last year, I know they’re a very capable local company, employing Australians and strengthening our defence industry.

The mission of Combat Training Centre is to offer advanced collective combat training to forces for high readiness.

The Integrated Training Environment for Combat Training Centre 2025 seeks to develop training situations that are realistic and measurable to improve performance.

In July last year, Cubic Defence Australia secured an extension contract to continue providing a managed workforce solution for the Australian Defence Simulation and Training Centre (ADSTC) Simulation Support Services (SSS).

With the base period of 18 months and additional options for extension, the contract played a significant role in upgrading the ADF’s future simulation capability.

Australian Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said: “I congratulate Cubic Defence Australia on ensuring our ADF has the modern operational training they need to defend Australia’s national interests.

“This advanced training environment replicates the complex and challenging environments of current and potential conflict zones.”

Thompson added: “I know from experience that having the opportunity for realistic training simulations can make a real difference for defence members when faced with real-life situations.”