The Australian defense ministry has signed a $319.8 million contract with Cubic to continue its delivery of training support to the Australian Army’s Combat Training Centre for up to 14 years.
Australian minister for defense industry Melissa Price said the contract with Cubic Defence Australia was a major boost for the Queensland and national economy, with almost all of the contract price to be invested in Australian industry.
Cubic will continue to provide and support the integrated live simulation, range instrumentation and information systems used to run major national and international exercises in Townsville.
The system is known as the Combat Training Centre Live Instrumentation System (CTC-LIS). It is based at Lavarack Barracks and deploys regularly around the country to training events, including in some of the most remote training areas in Australia.
Minister Price said the contract would create nine new jobs in Townsville and support the ongoing employment of 35 Australians, most of whom are Australian veterans.
“This contract is an excellent example of the benefits of our Defence industry partnerships for both the ADF and Australian businesses,” minister Price added.
“This local economic investment includes the development of systems integration, test and data analysis expertise in the Defence industry in North Queensland.
“This capability has been pivotal in the preparation of our troops for operations and has continued to evolve to include enhanced virtual and synthetic effects to improve exercise realism and tactical decision making.”
Cubic Defence Australia supplied the original equipment and has supported this capability since 2006.