Airbox Systems Limited (Airbox), the intelligent mapping systems developer has been chosen by Cubic Global Defense (CGD), a business unit of Cubic Corporation, to develop ADSA (AWES Distributed Situational Awareness), a fully functional portable terminal displaying Cubic’s innovative Area Weapons Effect Simulator (AWES) and Digital Advanced Warfighting Experiment (DAWES) data. The portable terminals will provide unprecedented levels of situational awareness to commanders and field observers at British Army Training Unit Suffield (BATUS), Canada and Salisbury Plain, United Kingdom in addition to mobile exercises such as the notable annual Joint Warrior exercise.
ADSA is based on Airbox’s powerful MOSAIC mapping engine and allows many levels of visual data to be displayed over digital mapping with little or no loss of performance in the Command Centre and out on the ranges. MOSAIC ADSA allows range commanders and mobile observers to see the locations of personnel and vehicles involved in training in real-time. Additional information on specific exercises is also made available, including complex information regarding fire engagements.
“Cubic have been an outstanding partner, sharing their expertise to maximise the benefit of the product for the MOD.” Said William Moore, CTO of Airbox, “This programme will deliver enhanced situational awareness to all its users which in turn will aid efficiency and improve safety on our training ranges.”
“Working with Airbox to deliver the new ADSA capability has allowed us to provide an enhanced level of service to the MOD as it increases situational awareness and understanding on the training ranges,” said Keith Taylor, general manager of Cubic Global Defense, UK Region.
The new system delivers a more intuitive interface than was previously available and is now truly portable, allowing users on the ranges to have – at the touch of a finger – all the information previously only available back at the Command Centre. MOSAIC ADSA allows operational plans to be securely communicated around the range in real time and provides users with much better access to information than before.
Other clear benefits include improved safety functionality, particularly around live fire exercises and improved air and land integration for future training.