Cubic has secured two contracts to supply additional tactical vehicle systems (TVS) and instrumentable multiple integrated laser engagement system individual weapon systems (I-MILES IWS) to the US Army.

Valued at $51m, the contracts were awarded by the Army’s Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI), as part of the $4.3bn US Department of Defense reprogramming package presented to Congress for critically needed defence equipment and services.

The systems, which provide significant improvements to the realism of training, are claimed to be critical to the quality of home-station training.

"I-MILES TVS is designed to provide direct-fire, force-on-force and force-on-target collective training."

Cubic Defense Applications president Dave Schmitz said: "We believe our systems play a critical role for the development and sustainment of our warfighters.

"It is our goal to provide the most effective and affordable training solutions, and to do so by driving innovation into the areas most critical to our customers."

In a recent letter to US Army Secretary John McHugh, House Armed Services Committee member Duncan Hunter said: "Cubic’s TVS and I-MILES solutions are crucial for warfighter training because they enable soldiers to rehearse combat skills and learn from their mistakes safely in a battlefield setting.

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"These devices are used during live, force-on-force training events and provide the critical feedback for our forces to achieve and sustain mission readiness."

A vehicular adaptation of Cubic’s man-worn IWS 2, I-MILES TVS is designed to provide direct-fire, force-on-force and force-on-target collective training to soldiers at home-stations and manoeuvre-combat training centres.

The tactical-engagement simulation system equips army wheel vehicles and other tactical vehicles with lasers, sensors and electronics, which are used during force-on-force combat training exercises.

In addition, the system features Cubic’s wireless MILES technology to provide real-time casualty assessment, which is necessary for MILES tactical engagement training in direct-fire instrumented training scenarios.

I-MILES IWS uses laser emitters that attach to military weapons and on-body sensors to replicate combat scenarios and record data for after-action reviews.

Cubic has not disclosed the number of systems ordered or the delivery schedule.

Defence Technology