Cubic Global Defense today announced it has won a $1.7 million contract from Support Systems Associates (SSAI) to support the US Air Force Sustainment Center for improving secure communications between rescue forces and isolated persons during civil and Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) missions.
The contract represents the first sale of Cubic’s control display unit for the AN/ARS-6 Lightweight Airborne Recovery System (LARS).
Cubic will provide the second generation of LARS specifically for the HC-130J aircraft. SSAI will integrate and install the new system into the HC-130J weapon system platform.
The upgraded system is redesigned to be smaller, lighter and more powerful than its predecessor. It also communicates vital information that reduces location and authentication time when searching for individuals, thereby increasing the safety of the crew and survivor.
“LARS technology is critical to ensuring the U.S. Air Force can support our nation’s search and rescue strategy. The U.S. Air Force relies on the accuracy and timeliness of the secure communications.” said Bill Toti, president of Cubic Global Defense.
The flexible and modular design of LARS ensures additional capabilities such as the Combat Survivor Evader Locator radio and Cursor On-Target can be easily added to support U.S. CSAR operations for years to come. The airborne locator system has been the number one CSAR system for U.S. and NATO forces for nearly two decades.