Cubic Global Defense (CGD) has received a contract to supply next-generation specialised training systems to the Ukrainian Army.
Awarded by the US Army’s Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI), the $1.7m contract covers the delivery of US Army versions of instrumented-multiple integrated laser engagement system, individual weapon systems (I-MILES IWS), and combat vehicle adapter.
The company will be responsible for delivery, training, and sustainment of the I-MILES equipment in support of the Ukrainian Army.
The equipment is said to be interoperable with the Ukrainian Army’s existing MILES and Joint Multinational Readiness Center (JMRC) training systems allowing it to train at the brigade level.
The combat vehicle adapter kits integrate with the army’s current I-MILES tactical vehicle system (TVS) to facilitate simulation of combat vehicles and crew-served weapon simulators.
Cubic Global Defense president Bill Toti said: "Cubic provides ongoing support to our nation’s allies and coalition partners in the most critical environments at the most critical time.
"Providing advanced training equipment and responding quickly to our customers’ needs for effective and affordable training, especially in areas of conflict, is a great priority for Cubic."
Currently, the company provides on-site training and management for the Ukraine Land Forces to help develop and facilitate training exercises for the previously supplied MILES system.
Equipped with a wireless independent target system, the I-MILES precisely replicates the actual firing capabilities and effects of weapons during training, detects hits from laser ‘bullets’, and performs damage or casualty assessments on targets.
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.
Image: US soldiers outfitted with multiple integrated laser engagement system. Photo: courtesy of Matanya.