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Brazilian Army to Use Laser-Based Training
Sep 2002
SAN DIEGO, Sept. 4 -- Cubic Defense Applications group, the defense segment of San Diego-based Cubic Corp., announced it was awarded a contract to provide the Brazilian Army with MILES 2000, a laser-based ground combat training system used by the US military.

MILES 2000 -- which stands for multiple integrated laser engagement system -- allows military commanders to conduct exercises in which the actions of participants, weapons and vehicles are tracked and recorded for review. It uses devices mounted on actual weapons that fire laser pulses that replicate the range and accuracy of the weapons.

Ray Barker, senior vice president of Cubic's Business Development Div., said the contract is the first sale of MILES 2000 to a South American country. Cubic will supply a small quantity of infantry rifle kits, controller devices for tracking and analyzing performance and individual weapons systems -- manworn vests containing laser-sensitive detector devices that monitor "hits" during an exercise.

Cubic recently shipped a large order of MILES equipment to the US Army installation at Fort Lewis, Wash., and trained soldiers there how to operate the equipment. Cubic has previously delivered MILES 2000 systems to the US Army at Fort Stewart, Ga.; Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif.; several US Air Force bases; the Kuwait Land Forces; and the Royal Netherlands Marine Corps.

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