by Ellis Pines 3/3/17
Meggitt Training Systems at IWA Outdoor Classics 2017: See How Live-Fire Technology Makes a Big Difference
Both law enforcement and target sports professionals have a strong interest in changes that make shooting safer and more accurate. As IWA Outdoor Classics 2017 runs in Nuremberg, Germany, March 3 through 6, attendees will be taking advantage of demonstrations from top companies to see firsthand the latest in range equipment, systems and design. Last year, more than 45,000 participants from 114 countries visited 1,455 exhibitors, and this year the exhibitors have topped 1,500.
With so much on display, an attendee challenge is to prioritize appointments. While much can be learned from walking the floor of this world-leading trade fair at Exhibition Center Nuremberg, one may want to plan to see those companies with unique innovations. Among these is Meggitt Training Systems.
Meggitt Training Systems: Revolutionizing the Range
Throughout the exposition, Meggitt Training Systems, a world leader in live-fire training systems, will be at Booth 229 in Hall 3. There attendees will have the chance to see live demonstrations of such products as the wireless XWT Next-Generation Target Carrier and the 5000 series steel escalator bullet trap. Both products represent Meggitt’s long history of invention.
Although its heritage dates to organizations as old as 160 years, the modern Meggitt PLC began 70 years ago. A successful UK-headquartered defense and aerospace company, Meggitt began its expansion into small arms training in 2003. That year, it acquired Caswell International, a provider of high-quality, live-fire range systems, which had served the law enforcement community, commercial gun ranges and security forces since 1926. Indeed, almost every major innovation in range safety and realistic training can be traced back to Caswell technologies and their continuance under the Meggitt banner.
Caswell patented the world’s first production bullet trap and developed the world’s first production target system. For 90 years, Caswell has provided shooting range innovations resulting in product launches that have revolutionized live shooting:
- The industry’s first moving target system
- The industry’s first environmentally friendly bullet trap that reduces lead dust
- The industry’s first wireless range control device
- The world’s first fully-mobile shooting range
In 2008, Meggitt merged Caswell with another acquisition, Firearms Training Systems (FATS®), the leader in the development, manufacturing and support of simulation small- and combined-arms training systems, indirect fire/forward air control and vehicle trainers.
The resulting Meggitt Training System could capitalize on synergies resulting from combining the operations of Caswell and FATS to provide both live-fire and simulation training as an integrated product offering. Today’s Meggitt Training Systems is the world leader in intelligent weapons training solutions. Meggitt Training Systems has fielded more than 13,000 range systems worldwide, including over 75,000 live-fire target systems on 122 military bases.
Bringing training innovations to Europe for law enforcement and outdoor enthusiasts
Meggitt Training Systems, presently based in the United States, has positioned itself geographically to address Europe’s unique training requirements. The company has subsidiaries located in Ashford, Kent in the United Kingdom as well as Waardenburg in the Netherlands, a 45-minute drive from Rotterdam. Experts stand ready to ensure that customers can best take advantage of effective range design, equipment and installation.
At IWA, Meggitt will have the following products on display:
- The XWT GEN3 wireless target carrier is available in both indoor and outdoor versions, and is weather-resistant for extreme environments. It moves along a rail system, powered by an internal direct-drive, dual-motor system, with anti-static wheels for quieter, smoother operation. A rechargeable battery automatically charges via
a self-docking station.
- Multi-Function Stationary Infantry Target (MF-SIT) offers a fixed target head configuration that 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 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 GranTrap™ granulated rubber bullet trap utilizes soft media to stop incoming rounds and capture them predominately intact. This minimizes airborne lead dust, averts back-splatter and ricochet, and minimizes impact noise. The result is a cleaner and safer environment for shooting ranges. It also maximizes bullet recovery and recycling processes.
Visitors to the booth can also discuss the latest advances in range design.
In our next blogs in this series, we will discuss in more detail some of the training technologies that will be at IWA 2017. Demonstrations for all of these offerings will be available throughout the day at booth 3-229 or by appointment at our IWA appointments page.