Cubic Global Defense (CGD) has secured a contract to provide area weapons effects simulator (AWES) systems training support to the British Army.
Valued at more than $35m, the contract requires the company to support live training at two key UK training bases with advanced ground combat training systems.
Under the contract, CGD will provide services and repair to the AWES at Salisbury Plain Training Area (SPTA) in the UK and at the British Army Training Unit Suffield (BATUS) in Alberta, Canada for the next three years.
CGD president Dave Buss said: “Cubic has worked with the British Army for nearly 15 years providing industry-best ground combat training solutions for its warfighters.
“Our UK customer is very important to us and this award extends the work we have accomplished together to advance the British Ministry of Defence’s training experience and standard.”
The British Army uses AWES to conduct large-scale, force-on-force combat exercises with realistic, but simulated effects of direct fire, artillery, mortar fire, mines and air-delivered munitions as well as nuclear, biological and chemical weapons.
Using GPS technology, the AWES can track and monitor the actions and positions of more than 1,400 individual soldiers and 250 vehicles.
The system is also capable of recording 'hits', 'kills' and 'misses' of small-arms fire with Cubic’s multiple integrated laser engagement system (MILES) technology, as well as recreates combat exercises for post-mission analysis.
Cubic developed and installed the AWES system under a contract awarded in 1998.
The installation work was completed at the 150-square mile Salisbury Plain training area in late 2002 and the following year at BATUS, a 1,100-square mile training area that the British Army leases from the Canadian government for combat exercises.
Image: The British Army Training Unit Suffield is equipped with in excess of 1,000 vehicles. Photo: courtesy of Sgt Mark Webster.