JTCTSJoint Tactical Combat Training System
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Some JTCTS prototypes were tested at sea last year and "achieved some success," said Dickson.
Both companies have been in discussions with the Navy's JTCTS program office, but they declined to comment about potential sales or contract opportunities.
John Walsh, assistant director of collective training at the office of the defense secretary, lamented the fact that the Navy spent $100 million on JTCTS and "got nothing.
Asked whether the failure resulted from JTCTS being a joint program, Walsh was noncommittal.
Primary causes of the JTCTS schedule delay were assessed as software development issues, inadequate management and key personnel turnover.
If the deployment on the Kitty Hawk is successful, Raytheon expects to receive a production contract for JTCTS next year.
In the future, Ricci said, JTCTS will be compatible with Army ground range instrumentation.
The next-generation Joint Strike Fighter, he said, has a requirement to be JTCTS compatible.
One of the JTCTS subcontractors, Cubic Defense Systems, in San Diego, has been one of the dominant players in the range instrumentation industry.
At this time, Raytheon does nor plan to use any of the KITS technology in the JTCTS program," said Ricci.
He noted that JTCTS has very demanding requirements" because it is a joint program.
Until JTCTS is completed, the Air Force is using the USAFE (Air Force Europe) range-less interim training system, or URITS.