TCTS Inc II Will Replace Training Range Infrastructure
Rockwell Collins announced on 19 June that it has successfully completed the preliminary design review (PDR) for the Tactical Combat Training System Increment II (TCTS Inc II) programme with the US Navy, and has been approved to begin detailed design work.
“For a programme of this complexity, the successful completion of PDR just 11 months after programme award is a testament to the collaboration and expertise of all involved,” commented PMA-205 Program Manager, Capt. Jason Lopez.
The initial $142 million award for TCTS Inc II was announced last year, with Rockwell Collins selected as prime contractor and systems integrator for the next-generation air combat training system, along with collaboration and support from Leonardo DRS.
The programme will replace the IS Navy and Marine Corps’ training range infrastructure, while improving effectiveness of training across all squadrons and fleet forces. Supporting real-time operational air combat training for a variety of missions and platforms, including legacy and advanced aircraft, the new system will enable the blending of live and synthetic elements into training known as Live, Virtual and Constructive. The open system architecture with Multiple Independent Levels of Security (MILS) protects the tactics, techniques and procedures being used. TCTS Inc II also provides interoperability for joint and coalition training with fourth and fifth-generation platforms, while aligning with industry software standards such as the FACE Technical Standard and Software Communications Architecture (SCA).
“TCTS Inc II will bring a heightened sense of realism that allows pilots to truly ‘train as they fight’ and be better prepared for real situations,” commented Rockwell Collins’ Vice President and General Manager, Communication, Navigation & Electronic Warfare Solutions, Troy Bunk. “The system provides five times the network capacity compared to current air combat training systems, making it scalable and adaptable for emerging missions and threats as needed.”