Argon and Cubic Implement Collective Training Simulation System
Argon Electronics (UK) Ltd. and Cubic Mission and Performance Solutions have successfully integrated Argon’s LCD3.3 simulator, known as the M4A1 JCAD simulator in the U.S., with Cubic’s chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense (CBRND) Collective Training Simulation System (CTSS). This collaborative effort enables Argon’s LCD3.3 simulator, and potentially all other Argon Personal Area Network (PAN)-based simulators, to be integrated with Cubic’s training and instrumentation systems.
The LCD3.3-SIM when linked to the body worn player’s PAN responds to simulated chemical warfare and toxic industrial threats generated by Cubic’s Exercise Control (EXCON) Combined Arms Training Simulation (CATS) MetrixTM. In addition, all user interaction with the simulator including the use of simulated confidence tester and replacement of consumables is reported to EXCON in real time. The integration benefits include the capability to fully incorporate CBRN detection within battlefield training scenarios over extremely large areas and within suitably instrumented building structures. This adds a vital and long overdue aspect to combined arms and higher-level command structure training.
“This was an exciting project which required in-depth technical cooperation between Argon and Cubic staff,” said Steven Pike, Argon’s Managing Director. “The integration was completed with minimal difficulty, and incredibly, without any of either companies’ engineering teams ever meeting in person.”
Pike added that having both Cubic’s instrumentation system and Argon’s simulators based on open industry standards was key to the successful integration. “This method of implementation enables existing Cubic customers to benefit from this capability by means of upgrade and we look forward to supporting similar projects in the future,” he said.
Mark Horn, Director Strategic Development for Cubic Oceania, cited that high fidelity CBRN training is now available across very large training areas with specialist detection devices that precisely replicate operational detection and analysis tools. “The simulation is just as invisible to the operator as the real threat substance often is,” he said. “Whole of force collective CBRN training is essential in today’s complex threat environment,” Horn added. “The CBRND Collective Training Simulation System enables training objectives for CBRND specialists and whole of force mission readiness objectives to be achieved simultaneously in large training exercises.”