Sensor-based combat training system earns second Navy production order

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May 02, 2022

Lisa Daigle

Associate Editor

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa. Collins Aerospace has won a second low-rate production order – worth $24 million – for its Tactical Combat Training System – Increment II (TCTS II) from the US Navy.

TCTS II, a Navy and U.S. Air Force registration program for fourth- and fifth-generation fighter jets, uses virtual live-build technologies to allow synthetic threats to stimulate an aircraft’s sensors . The open-architecture training system is intended to facilitate near real-time information sharing and thereby enable more realistic and safer inter-service air combat exercises.

TCTS II – a joint project between Collins Aerospace and Leonardo DRS – is preparing for final development testing and operational flights in fall 2022 and is on schedule to complete Initial Operating Capability (IOC) at Naval Air Station ( NAS) Fallon in late 2022 before entering full-rate production in early 2023.

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