Written by Ellis Pines – April 23, 2019
Train as you fight: Preparing for a moving target
Military Live Fire – #2 in a series
The Army’s Marksmanship Master Trainer Course is the only course in the Army Training Requirements and Resources System (ATRRS) that teaches trainers how to teach marksmanship. Graduates are then expected to become master trainers who can not only train their soldiers, but also assist their units in planning and executing marksmanship training.
A real world example: a security checkpoint breach. Imagine being part of a unit guarding an entrance to a secure area. Unexpectedly, an unfriendly vehicle approaches and proceeds to run through your defenses. How can you prepare to respond?
Meggitt Training Systems’ Entry Control Point Moving Target (ECPMT) replicates the conditions of an actual entry-point control situation. Shooters face a moving target on a serpentine track, designed to replicate a vehicle approaching and negotiating Jersey barriers. The target can move at speeds up to 32 kph (20 mph) in the approach and 15 kph (9 mph) while negotiating the barriers, making for a challenging engagement.
The mover detects hits upon the grill area, driver and passenger. If the driver or grill area is hit, the vehicle comes to a stop. Additionally, if equipped, a grill area hit will also trigger the onboard Omega-60/B2 Battle Effects Simulator (BES).
To see the ECPMT in operation, check out this video.