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Q: Can you give some background to Cubic
and Operations in Australia?
Cubic Corporation started in 1951 from a humble
garage in San Diego California by the brilliant and
entrepreneurial Walter J. Zable. Today, Cubic is a
global company focusing on transportation solutions
such as fare collection and traffic management,
Defence training solutions and Defence C4ISR
products and systems.
In Australia, Cubic has approximately 1,000
Defence and Transportation employees working on
Opal and Go-Card Systems in Sydney and Brisbane
as well as on a variety of Defence training, simulation
and communications projects throughout Australia.
Cubic’s Australian operations are complemented
by Cubic Defence New Zealand’s 120 employees,
specialising in engineering ground combat training
solutions like the world-class system employed by the
Australian Army Combat Training Centre.
Cubic is engaged in supporting the Australian
Defence Simulation Training Centre’s Joint Combined
Training Directorate and Simulation Support Services.
Cubic aerospace technicians support 4th and 5th
Generation Air Combat maneuvering Instrumentation
employed through RAAF’s Air Combat Group. The
same 5th Gen instrumentation training system will be
delivered inboard the Joint Strike Fighter.
Q: How would you sum up Cubic’s approach
Cubic’s capacity to support simulation enabled
training activities with live virtual and constructive
solutions in the land, maritime, air and cyber
environments is continually strengthening. Cubic’s
systems support our customers by delivering bespoke
training solutions as well as managed service
outcomes from individual and small team events up
to the largest events, such as Exercise TALISMAN
SABRE. We’re constantly improving capacity to
deliver a vertically integrated, all-encompassing
training service model.
Q: What are the major activities coming up
These include support to Army’s largest annual
exercise, Exercise HAMEL 2016, to be held
at Cultana Training Area in South Australia in
the middle of the year. Exercise HAMEL is a
rigorous test of Army’s ability to conduct complex
warfighting, security and stability operations. Each
year Ex HAMEL exploits more and more simulation
capabilities to enhance exercise realism. In 2016, the
same trend will continue with a major step-up in the
utilization of simulation for key combat enablers in the
Land Force. The simulation system facilitates exercise
control’s ability to ensure that training objectives are
achieved, it also provides hard data that is thoroughly
analysed and exploited in a comprehensive training
experience conducted by senior Army Observer
Controllers through the After Action Review process.
Cubic supports AAR’s with a range of data, some
transmitted in real time and some archived for
exploitation in trends.
Cubic will also support RAAF’s biennial Exercise
Pitch Black in Northern Australia providing 4th and
5th Generation training systems for Australian jets
as well as systems for many of the visiting nations.
Because Cubic’s Air Combat Training Systems are
so pervasive around the globe we are able to merge
complex motion, event and command and control
data sets quickly to support the all-important mass
debrief. The mass debrief is the key to understanding
the complexities of the air battle in so called Large
Force Engagements (LFE).
At the joint level, Cubic is a strong supporter of
the organization at the pinnacle of the Australian
Defence Force’s simulation and training capability.
Headquarters Joint Operations Command’s Australian
Defence Simulation Training Centre (ADSTC)
supports a wide variety of joint distributed training
events conducted exclusively in the simulation
domain. In 2016 a major focus for Cubic’s support to
ADSTC will be on Exercise VITAL PROSPECT 16.
Mark Horn, General Manager of Cubic Australia.
KYM BERGMANN // CANBERRA
GENERAL MANAGER OF CUBIC AUSTRALIA,
MARK HORN, SPEAKS WITH APDR
EDITOR, KYM BERGMANN
Cubic is always pursuing
the boundaries of simulation
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