by Michelle Henderson 2/22/17
Meggitt at IDEX: Integrating advances in live-fire training with simulation
In the previous two blogs connected with IDEX, we discussed the vital importance of simulated training for force dominance. We then mentioned two technologies from Meggitt Training Systems: the FATS®100e advanced simulator and the BlueFire® wireless weapons. Both of these next-generation innovations have pushed forces forward to help soldiers prepare for today’s changing threats. Both are also on display for demonstration at IDEX 2017, Feb. 19-23, in Abu Dhabi.
Yet simulation for all its versatility, flexibility and material benefits is only part of the training story. Infantry especially need to feel comfortable and competent with their firearm. That success demands careful guidance and feedback from an instructor. Furthermore, with today’s environmental awareness, range health and safety are important.
Essential live-fire products on display at IDEX
Visitors to the Meggitt booth at IDEX have the opportunity to see demonstrations of two fundamental live fire options.
The Multi-Function Stationary Infantry Target (MF-SIT). Many of today’s threats put soldiers into situations where they must “expect the unexpected.” Training scenarios, on the other hand, can give trainees the sense they can “out-think” the scenario and anticipate target actions. That is where the Multi-Function Stationary Infantry Target can provide a surprise.
The fixed target head configuration can respond to hits, automatic triggers activated by soldier movements, or a pre-programmed scenario, ensuring that the trainees do not anticipate target actions. This spontaneity provides a realistic environment for urban operations and specialized training. The system is operated through radio frequency, hardwire or Ethernet controls that enable great flexibility in range design and usage.
The 5000 Series steel bullet traps. These steel bullet traps offer a low-cost and low-maintenance solution for indoor and outdoor ranges using fixed firing lines. The design of the impact plates directs bullets into a swirl chamber at the top of the trap for final deceleration. The spent fragments collect in trays for easy cleaning of the bullet trap.
Meggitt at IDEX: Rely upon proven integrated simulation and live-fire systems
Meggitt’s FATS and live-fire range systems continue to be the go-to training systems for the U.S. Army and U.S. Marines (USMC), U.K. Ministry of Defence (MoD), U.S. National Guard and the U.S. Air Force (USAF), as well as the Canadian Army, Royal Canadian Navy, Royal Canadian Air Force, Australia Defence Forces (ADF), Italian Army, Singapore Army and Singapore Police Coast Guard. IDEX offers you an opportunity to see how these systems can work within your training program.
Demonstrations for simulation and live-fire systems will be available throughout the day at booth 03-A22 or by appointment at our appointments page.