SIMULATION TRAINING, GUN RANGE DESIGN, EQUIPMENT AND INSTALLATION NEWSLETTER - APRIL 2017
Meggitt Training Systems at IDEX 2017
In late February, Meggitt Training Systems exhibited at the International Defense Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, to showcase new and existing training solutions. While at IDEX, Meggitt met with visitors interested in learning more about the company’s products and capabilities. Two Multi-Function Stationary Infantry Targets (MF-SITs) were on display, providing an introduction to Meggitt’s standard and turning pop-up live fire range targets. The operating system was shown on a Tough Book, illustrating the optional Location of Miss and Hit (LOMAH) capability for scoring rounds via a non-contact hit sensor using Meggitt’s RangeMaster™ control system. Additionally, a LE5000 steel bullet trap model and live fire capabilities such as the XWT (both indoor and outdoor wireless target retrievers) and military live fire installations were on display.
Visitors were particularly interested in the announcement of Meggitt Training Systems as the small arms trainer Program Of Record for the US Army’s Engagement Skills Trainer (EST II) program as well as the US Marine Corps Indoor Simulated Marksmanship Trainers (ISMT) program. While at the booth, guests were treated to an exciting and unique experience – shooting on the new FATS® 100MIL* virtual small arms trainer with enhanced marksmanship, judgmental and collective training. Visitors from around the world were provided a capabilities overview prior to shooting on the system, and were impressed at the advanced levels of training available with the system, including 3D marksmanship, automatic coaching, wireless tablet control and VBS3 integration. Want to learn more? Visit our website.
*Formerly FATS 100e
Military Operations in Urban Terrain (MOUT) / Close Quarter Battlefield (CQB) / Fighting In Built Up Areas (FIBUA): it has many names, but all relate to some of the most important training and growing areas of the live fire and force-on-force training conducted today. Military, police, national security and special ops all have a need to train in a dynamic and challenging environment. The courses need to be adaptable, providing training in a variety of environments and scenarios likely experienced in real life situations. The main priority of this training is SAFETY--safety for the trainees and instructors as they navigate through the course, engaging unpredictable targets and scenarios. Whether this involves targets that react to the actions of the trainees, or static paper targets to provide shoot / don’t shoot scenarios, the environment is important. When evaluating shoot house vendors, it’s critical to partner with an experienced and knowledgeable team to ensure the correct ballistic protection and ventilation systems are used. Both elements are necessary to provide a secure and effective training environment.
Within a range there are many ballistic choices to be made, depending on the type of training to be conducted, as well as the weapons to be used in the training. Equally important is ensuring the ventilation system removes contaminated air from the breathing zone of the shooters and instructors, and removes smoke created by weapons, smoke or flash-bang devices. A dependable ventilation system clears the air for visual safety and allows operation tempo to move at the proper pace. Meggitt works with the industry's best ventilation design and supply specialists to deliver solutions for how to effectively move the air in confined spaces and provide a safe environment.
Special training components can be provided, including container ranges, mobile ranges (RoadRange™), and the SHOTT House with a high density rubber system and interchangeable walls. Meggitt Training Systems has over 90 years of experience in designing and developing shooting ranges around the world, from equipment, and ventilation, to installation and customer service after the sale.
Standard Features of the Meggitt SHOTT House include:
- Rifle Rated – ½”(12 mm) or ⅜”(9 mm) AR500 steel
- Contains 5.56 and 7.62 ball ammo
- Dimensions up to 100 x 200 ft (30 x 60 m)
- Single or multi story
- Prefabricated wall lengths up to 26 ft. (8 m)
- Real world interior wall thickness - 6” (150 mm) deep wall system permits safe livefire containment on both sides
- 360° degree protection for target placement at any location within the shoot house
- No additional bullet traps or rubber blocks needed
- Continuous nom. 2” (48 mm) anti richochet facing - overlapping ballistic rubber panels eliminate gaps at seams, permit easy maintenance
- Long-lived ballistic rubber panels - Handles over 4,000 rounds, from 9 mm to 7.62 mm and shotgun slugs
- Wall sections ship prefabricated - easy set-up to your specific size and training requirements in 2-5 days
- Allows routine inspection of both sides of steel with simple hand tools
- Rubber panels replaceable in 15 minutes or less by one person with prybar and hammer – no chemical cleaners, grinding, adhesives, or additional cure time required before training
- Captures lead dust fragments, for easy recycling removal
Meggitt Training Systems’ small arms trainer certified as US Marine Corps Program of Record
Meggitt Training Systems recently completed the joint final inspection and final physical configuration audit for the US Marine Corps’ next-generation, small-arms trainer. Completion of these tests confirms that Meggitt has met all program-of-record requirements set forth by the Program Manager for Training Systems to deliver the Indoor Simulated Marksmanship Trainer (ISMT) to US Marine Corps units worldwide.
“The completion of the ISMT testing marks a significant milestone in a long-standing relationship between the US Marine Corps and Meggitt,” said Jeff Murphy, President, Meggitt Training Systems. "Meggitt has commenced installation of the first systems and new weapons, which are fully compatible with the Marines’ existing arsenal of simulated weapons and Marine Corps Operating Concept.”
Meggitt was originally awarded the $39 million, five-year Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contract in 2014. System deliveries will occur during the next 18 months at locations worldwide. As a certified program of record, ISMT will train new and experienced Marines in marksmanship, collective scenarios and judgmental video scenarios. Each mode provides critical training based on the skill level of the individual or unit.
“ISMT will deliver a more efficient and realistic training experience,” said Meggitt ISMT Program Manager Kathleen Wilson. “This includes the full integration of existing weapon types, as well as adoption of future simulators using Meggitt’s BlueFire® wireless technology.”
Meggitt’s scalable and robust open-architecture system allows ready integration of Meggitt and third-party training modules and will accommodate evolutions in fidelity and graphic complexity for greater realism. Current Meggitt architecture facilitates enhanced 3D marksmanship, with an intelligent automatic coaching application on a wireless tablet, enabling trainers to provide better and more effective guidance for their training budget.
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