Cubic Corp. announced recently that it received $4.8 million worth of orders from the U.S. government as part of an effort to track thousands of military vehicles leaving Afghanistan.

As a subcontractor to Arinc Inc., Cubic Global Tracking Solutions will expand its system to U.S. bases in Bagram and Kandahar.

The system uses what Cubic calls “wireless mesh asset tracking technology.” Cubic’s technology tracks military vehicles, containers and other assets with radio tags — one per vehicle. Each battery-operated tag reports the truck’s serial number to a central computer. Because the tags have GPS, they also report the truck’s location.

Cubic says that its system lets the people in charge of logistics find any military vehicle easily by searching a database.

Cubic is delivering the technology — including tags and software — to the U.S. Army Logistics Innovation Agency and Army Sustainment Command.

The U.S. government has used the same technology in Kuwait, to help it move thousands of vehicles leaving Iraq. The process of leaving a foreign country includes a trip through the wash rack, where soldiers thoroughly wash vehicles to remove dirt, seeds, plants, bacteria or other contaminants.

Cubic trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol CUB.

— SDBJ Staff Report