SOURCE: Cubic Corporation

February 27, 2007 08:30 ET

Air Force Research Lab Selects Rockwell Collins/Cubic Team to Design Miniature Common Data Link

SAN DIEGO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 27, 2007 -- The team of Rockwell Collins and Cubic Defense Applications (CDA), the defense segment of Cubic Corporation (AMEX: CUB), has been selected by the Air Force Research Laboratory to undertake a research and development effort as part of the Miniature Common Data Link Program (Mini-CDL). The objective of this initiative is to miniaturize Ku band radio technology and develop a miniaturized common data link that can support Small Unmanned Air Systems (SUAS).

The value of this initial one-year contract is $1.65 million.

The ultimate goal of this program is to develop a data link terminal that can provide SUAS with a CDL capability to communicate with existing ground stations. Currently available common data link systems are too heavy and large to fit within the SUAS payload restrictions.

Cubic will work with Rockwell Collins to develop a preliminary design, identify high-risk areas and produce a plan for mitigating these risks in the design.

"Cubic has an established record of success in the data link market having developed and fielded several generations of data link technology. These include the E-8C Joint Surveillance and Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) Surveillance and Control Data Link (SCDL), RQ-8B Fire Scout VTUAV TCDL, Navy Communications Data Link System (CDLS), United Kingdom's Watchkeeper program and the High Integrity Data Link (HIDL)," said Ben Hager, director of Business Development for CDA's Communications and Electronics Business Unit. "The addition of a miniaturized version of the CDL will offer a smaller, lighter, faster and less expensive communications solution for Small Unmanned Air Systems and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle programs, providing greater flexibility and capability to the communications market."

The Cubic Defense Applications group, one of Cubic Corporation's two major segments, is a world leader in realistic combat training systems, mission support services and defense electronics. The corporation's other major segment, Cubic Transportation Systems, designs and manufactures automatic fare collection systems for public mass transit authorities. For more information about Cubic, see the company's Web site at

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