Rockwell Collins and DRS to collaborate on secure air combat training solution for the UK Ministry of Defence

July 16, 2018 Photo(s): Rockwell Collins
  • Only air combat training system capable of supporting advanced multi-enclave training missions providing real-time pilot feedback
  • Includes the DRS-exclusive P5 interoperable waveform for F-35 aircraft
  • Ready for growth into Live, Virtual, Constructive blended
  • Builds on over 30 years of advanced air combat training experience both in the U.S. and internationally
Rockwell Collins' Joint Secure Air Combat Training System provides proven security, advanced networking and Live, Virtual, Constructive (LVC) capabilities

Rockwell Collins and DRS have announced plans to work together to bring their state-of-the-art Joint Secure Air Combat Training System (JSAS) to the prime contractor teams' bidding for the U.K. Ministry of Defence (MoD) Air Support to Defence Operational Training (ASDOT) program and for the Future Air Combat Maneuvering Instrumentation System (FACMIS) requirement. JSAS is the next generation Air Combat Maneuvering Instrumentation (ACMI) solution that brings proven security, advanced networking, and growth into Live, Virtual, Constructive (LVC) capabilities.

Through this collaborative effort, JSAS can interoperate with the P5 waveform enabling communications between JSAS, the F-35 and existing P5 training pods. With superior networking features, JSAS lays the foundation for future connectivity to the MoD's Defence Operational Training Capability (Air) program (DOTC-A) to help deliver the balance of live and synthetic training the MoD seeks to achieve.

"This collaboration brings a host of key capabilities to the MoD, including the multi-enclave security and interoperability needed for fifth-generation fighters," said Sarah Minett, managing director, United Kingdom for Rockwell Collins. "Working with DRS, this proven solution will meet the current and future needs of these programs."

Rockwell Collins and DRS have just successfully completed the Preliminary Design Review for their contracted delivery of the Tactical Combat Training System Increment II (TCTS Inc. II) program for the U.S. Navy, which includes similar requirements to the U.K. MoD's ASDOT and FACMIS programs.