Mike Knowles, head of Cubic’s global defense business, said the company aims to secure a contract from the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Navy in 2020 to integrate its training platform with the F-35 fighter aircraft, Defense News reported Wednesday.
Cubic worked with the Air Force Research Laboratory on the Secure Live Virtual Constructive Advanced Training Environment program and provided the security architecture, encryption and software-defined radio for the SLATE system.
A technology demonstration to test the SLATE technology was conducted in 2018 and Knowles said the Navy intends to perform additional demos of the system at Naval Air Station Fallon in Nevada.
“We’ll see some experiments with the Navy take place this summer and into the fall," Knowles said. "A fifth-gen study on the application of LVC for the F-35, I suspect we’ll see that start this [coming] year also.”