The Alaska installation marks the second deployment of ICADS for live air combat training missions.
In Alaska, Cubic installed a total of nine ICADS workstations in early July at Elemendorf and Eielson Air Force Bases, which provide support for Cope Thunder -- a joint services, 10-day combat training exercise conducted over the ranges four times a year.
The effort includes providing Eielson Air Base with a new PC-base Range Instrumentation System (PC-RIS) -- a ground-based version of ICADS -- that will provide real-time tracking of ground forces on a commercially available PC.
The integration of ICADS at the two Alaska bases will provide enhanced 2-D, 3-D and alphanumerical views of Cope Thunder air combat training events.
Along with Cope Thunder and NACTS, ICADS will be integrated into the Cubic-built Alpena-Kadena Instrumentation System for Michigan Air National Guard's rangeless training exercises.
ICADS supports up to 100 high-activity aircraft, and is interoperable with all existing fixed and autonomous ACMI systems and various pods.
ICADS is quickly gaining popularity among air combat crews because of its flexibility and user-friendly graphical interface, noted Steve Queen, CDS program manager and a former "Top Gun" instructor at Navy Fighter Weapons School at NAS Miramar.
Anyone who can operate a standard PC within the Microsoft Windows Operating System environment can easily use and install ICADS.
In addition to the RAIDS program, ICADS will be integrated into the Royal Netherlands Air Forces' new Autonomous Air Combat Maneuvering Instrumentation (AACMI) system, and in Cubic's Alaskan ACMI systems at Eielson and Elmendorf.
ICADS is an outgrowth of the technology Cubic developed in 1972 with the design, manufacture and installation of the first "Top Gun" training system for the U.