Friday, May 23, 2008

Cubic Delivers Deployable Combat Training Centers to Romania and Slovakia

CNN.com


Cubic Defense Applications (CDA), a defense subsidiary of Cubic Corporation (AMEX: CUB), announced it completed installation of two new deployable combat training centers simultaneously in Romania and Slovakia.

Separate Initial Homestation Instrumentation Training Systems (I-HITS) went operational in late March in Romania, and early April in Slovakia. Cubic furnished I-HITS to the two nations under a 2005 contract with the U.S. Army Program Executive Office for Simulation and Training Instrumentation (PEO STRI). The system includes GPS-based player instrumentation and portable communications systems that are fully integrated with a software-based exercise control system. These technologies track the positions and casualty status of troops and vehicles in real time, and relay exercise data to command centers for post-mission analysis.

"Cubic's training systems business is showing real strength in Eastern and Central Europe after we began a concerted effort a few years ago to win business there," said Ray Barker, senior vice president in charge of Cubic's Readiness Systems Business Unit in San Diego. "In 2006, we delivered a system similar to I-HITS to the Hungarian Army. Since Hungary, Romania and Slovakia all have similar systems, they have the potential to conduct training with each other as well as with U.S. forces with our instrumentation. Our training products will have a significant impact on combat readiness in the region."

"The fielding of advanced training systems to Romania and Slovakia represents an important capability of Cubic's Readiness Systems and Mission Support business units to provide hardware, software and analytical and technical expertise to emerging democracies," said Larry Smith, vice president and general manager of the Virginia-based Force Modernization Division of Cubic Applications, Inc. (CAI), Cubic's government services subsidiary. "For the past eight years, CAI has supplied force modernization experts to countries seeking to join NATO, including Romania and Slovakia. CAI personnel currently provide computer-based simulation support at military simulation facilities in Romania, Lithuania and Ukraine."

Randy Hoyt, I-HITS program manager, commented: "The Army ordered its first I-HITS system in 2005. Eight months later, we delivered that system to the soldiers of the Eighth U.S. Army at Camp Casey in the Republic of Korea. In addition to delivering two systems within a month of each other to Romania and Slovakia, we have also installed systems at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii, and have deployed or upgraded similar systems to Fort Benning, Georgia; Fort Bliss, Texas; and Fort Lewis, Washington state. Cubic has also supplied I-HITS to various emergency response and Department of Energy customers."

Cubic Defense Applications (CDA), one of Cubic Corporation's major segments, is a world leader in realistic combat training systems, mission support services and defense electronics. The corporation's other major segment, Cubic Transportation Systems, designs and manufactures automatic fare collection systems for public mass transit authorities. For more information about Cubic, see the company's website at www.cubic.com.

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