Collins Aerospace Systems has completed the critical design review (CDR) for the US Navy’s new combat training system.

With the milestone, the Tactical Combat Training System Increment II (TCTS Inc. II) programme now proceeds to the fabrication, integration and test phase.

Rockwell Collins and Leonardo DRS were awarded an initial $142m contract for the TCTS Inc. II programme in March 2017 to develop a next-generation airborne, ground and ship-based encrypted training capability.

Rockwell Collins is the systems integrator for the air combat training system.

The proposed system will replace the training range infrastructure of the US Navy and Marine Corps.

Its open system architecture features Multiple Independent Levels of Security (MILS) to safeguard the tactics, techniques and procedures employed during training exercises.

The system provides interoperability for joint training with fourth and fifth-generation aircraft in a simulated, high-threat combat environment.

It also enables the incorporation of live and synthetic elements into training simulations.

When compared to existing air combat training systems, the new system provides greater network capacity. This makes the training system adaptable for emerging missions and threats.

Collins Aerospace Simulation and Training Solutions vice-president and general manager Nick Gibbs said: “A key component to this programme has been the great collaboration between PMA-205, range users and our teammate Leonardo DRS.

“The new system will bring a heightened sense of realism to train our servicemen and women to be better prepared for emerging threats and situations.”

In June last year, Rockwell Collins completed the preliminary design review (PDR) of the TCTS Inc. II programme.