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October 2018 Law Enforcement Newsletter

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Meggitt Training Systems creates three police-based hubs and hosts national media day

August was an important month for Meggitt Training Systems as the company launched three regional hubs to facilitate test and evaluation of the FATS® 300LE with the Miami Police Department, Gwinnett County (Ga.) Sherriff’s Office and the Santa Ana (Calif.) Police Department. The company also held a national media day, conducting multiple interviews by satellite from its headquarters, plus hosted mainstream and industry media on site.

The FATS 300LE immersive virtual training system delivers virtual scenarios that train police officers in the split-second, use-of-force evaluations and de-escalation tactics they need to deploy in real-world situations.

“This system will provide our officers with the absolute best training there is in the country,” said Miami Police Chief Jorge Colina.

The FATS 300LE includes five, free-standing flat screens, each with 150” x 84” borderless projection surfaces arranged in a hexagonal format that creates a 300-degree, virtual environment. A small entrance area completes the 360-degree circle.

Gwinnett Sherriff Butch Conway noted, “This new system will be instrumental in training our deputies to successfully handle the wide range of situations they face in the field. This is a win-win for our deputies and our community.”

The FATS 300LE’s powerful software engine can support up to 20 simulated law enforcement weapons concurrently, including rifles, pistols, machine guns and non-lethal deterrents like Taser® or pepper spray. The system syncs seamlessly with Meggitt’s wireless BlueFire® simulated weapons whose form, fit and function mirror their real-world counterparts, including recoiling when fired. The system tracks weapon movement to provide trainers with detailed information for after action reports.

“We are honored to be chosen as the first police department on the West Coast for the launch of test and evaluation with Meggitt Training System’s newest FATS 300LE,” stated Santa Ana Commander Mat Sorenson. “Training is absolutely imperative and Meggitt’s virtual training system will allow us to better prepare our officers effectively and efficiently.”

Matt Cunningham, Meggitt’s director of virtual systems, added, “We are pleased to work with these three law enforcement agencies, providing them the opportunity to train their officers using the next-generation, immersive FATS 300LE. The system will help officers improve their reaction time under simulated dangerous situations, sharpening their judgment and decision-making skills.”

These three hub debuts were complemented by Meggitt’s inaugural national media day on August 22 to showcase the FATS 300LE rollout with press attendance from across the country. The half-day event began with insights on the company’s growth and the trend towards immersive training from President Jeff Murphy.

“This event is an opportunity for the press and public to learn more about the unique advantages the FATS 300LE offers to help officers improve judgmental skills and more effectively manage dangerous situations when time is of the essence,” he said.

That briefing was followed by a facility tour and demonstrations of the FATS 300LE in action – with scenarios from traffic stops to school shootings that help officers improve their reaction times and decision-making skills. The event concluded with a panel discussion featuring three police officers from different law enforcement departments, all talking about the benefits of Meggitt’s systems in facilitating training in their respective jurisdictions.


Work with the best



Introducing the XWT ProImage® projected target system from Meggitt Training Systems

Blend live fire and virtual training into one user-friendly, effective technology for indoor ranges

The future of the gun range has arrived, ready to tackle today’s toughest challenges. The new XWT ProImage projected target system reliably synthesizes live fire and simulation training. As a result, users can absorb lessons from virtual scenarios while using their own weapons in a range environment. Simultaneously, range owners can field a target system that literally transforms the shooter experience.

This advancement appropriately derives from the engineers at Meggitt Training Systems, the leading supplier of integrated live-fire and virtual weapons training systems. Following the acquisition of FATS® virtual training systems and Caswell International's live-fire ranges and services, Meggitt Training Systems has continued to grow its capabilities based on the legacy of these two industry leaders. Over 13,600 Meggitt live-fire ranges and 5,100 virtual systems are fielded internationally, providing judgmental, situational awareness and marksmanship training to the armed forces, law enforcement and commercial gun ranges. However, until now, Meggitt’s has advanced its training systems largely along the two complementary paths of live fire and virtual.

Live-fire equipment, such as XWT target carriers, have steadily improved shooting ranges, making targets more mobile, flexible and realistic. Meanwhile, virtual systems, such as the FATS line of virtual systems, test judgment with up-to-date scenarios and simulated weapons.

But what if you bring the advantages of virtual and live fire together in real time? That is what Meggitt has done with the new XWT ProImage projected target system, providing image and video targets for indoor live-fire shooting ranges.

The XWT ProImage consists of a compact video projector and camera system that attaches to Meggitt’s proven XWT target carrier. Wirelessly connected to a 10-inch lane control unit mounted to the shooting stall, the XWT ProImage can then project digital videos and images that a shooter can upload onto white paper or cardboard targets. The onboard camera provides a streaming, closeup view of the target for instantaneous feedback.

A better way to engage trainees

Lacking visual interest, typical paper targets can quickly lead to boredom, obviously something no range can dare afford. In contrast, the XWT ProImage projects images that involve the user in interactive situations. You have an option of diverse, existing computer-generated imagery or custom authored live images via camera. For those in law enforcement, you can expose trainees to the most pertinent scenarios they may encounter: Use-of-force, multi-cultural issues, mental health de-escalation and active shooter. Custom authoring means a shooter can take a photo or movie on their cell phone and engage the target the same day. This ground-breaking system provides endless possibilities for target training. Whatever the scenario, image or target you envision, you can create and train on it.

Users choose from a variety of these vivid targets, based on their preference and skill, from novice to experienced. Being on the range becomes a multi-sensory experience that engages the user in a complete learning experience.

The XWT ProImage also brings a new level of user-centric operations. Unlike typical static ranges, Meggitt’s system offers unparalleled flexibility. It can move to specified distances and even adjust to user capabilities. Unlike any competitive products, by being attached to the XWT, the ProImage goes up and down the rail with the target carrier. In fact, it can traverse the entire distance, from the start of the shooter’s stall all the way to the end of the track by the bullet trap.

Monitoring and management made easy

Because of its camera, the XWT ProImage facilitates accurate monitoring. For example. shooters (or instructors) obtain real-time views of the downrange target image from their display, allowing instant feedback without retrieving targets. Whether the target is close or far away, you can still monitor it. In addition, there is automatic marking of shot locations on images as well as comparative racking of new shots vs previous shots. You can also manually mark shots on moving targets and images.

The XWT ProImage is easy to set up and a simple addition to any XWT GEN3 or GEN4 target carrier system. It uses lithium batteries, and, with the XWT, it docks and charges while in operation. While the XWT ProImage batteries charge in place, they are also “hot-swappable” during high-volume use.

Users can load their own imagery or videos into the system through the Range Control Computer. The ProImage projects to any size image up to 58 inches.

Picture the future

The XWT ProImage represents the next big step in technology for both law enforcement and commercial ranges. By enhancing the user experience, the system directly benefits officers as well as range owners. Consider a few of the ways it can dramatically change the range environment:

  • Competitive shooting. Range managers or shooters themselves can take advantage of the visual and tracking features for range shooting competitions.
  • Flexible lane use. While it makes possible a premier range category, ProImage can cost-effectively co-exist with regular shooting on the same lane or other lanes in the range. Unlike competitive products, the ProImage does not require a dedicated lane and avoids loss of revenue.
  • Reviewing a visual record of shot performance. Shooters can save a session for after-action review, using visual overlays of successive shots.

Finally, the XWT ProImage makes sense from a utilization standpoint. Law enforcement officers find the training more engaging and worth their time, hence improving their skills. For commercial range owners, the ProImage increases time at a lane, overall range participation, customer satisfaction, increase return visits and revenue.

Set your sights on the best. Choose Meggitt.

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Q. How often do you have to recycle ammunition rounds from Meggitt’s LE 5000 Steel Escalator bullet trap?

A. Rounds do not have to be recycled until you reach approximately 75,000 rounds per lane. This impressive feature is due to Meggitt’s patented belly plate design that allows more rounds to be captured in the body of the trap. In addition, the aperture height is 6 ft. in height, allowing for rounds to hit the heavy duty AR500 impact plates, just below the swirl chamber. This means less damage and longer life for the steel trap.

Q. I want to ensure I have continued service after the purchase of my Meggitt equipment. What’s the availability of your customer service department?

A. Meggitt Training Systems’ customer service department is committed to maintaining a healthy partnership with our customers that extends far beyond the initial purchase. In addition to the contacts already established with our sales staff, installers, or technicians, Meggitt provides a help desk available via phone or e-mail for consultation, product/service questions or parts orders. The help desk may be reached at (800) 344-6771 or at mtssupport@meggitt.com between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. EST, Monday - Friday, excluding holidays, with after-hours support provided through the (800) number.
We provide repair services at our Atlanta headquarters, or on-site at your location for scheduled maintenance visits or repair services. Meggitt’s scheduled maintenance program includes over 250 satisfied customers with 650+ scheduled visits annually. Many of our customers have utilized the schedule maintenance program for a decade or more and enjoy rapid response, quick turn around and professional service from our staff. Meggitt continually strives for satisfied, loyal customers by providing top-notch customer service. We look forward to working with you on your next live fire range or simulation project.



  The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) offers a Customized Market Report (CMR) with statistical data per your location to determine if the range is viable. For those trying to secure financing to develop a gun range, the CMR provides valuable information when developing a business plan. Meggitt can collaborate with you on planning and design of your gun range, and offers technical support to ensure your range meets all requirements. www.nssf.org/research/customized-market-reports

  Meggitt Training Systems provides turnkey solutions for nearly every aspect of your range design and development. We can supply all range equipment and ventilation, and work one-on-one with your general contractor/architect to satisfy structural issues, construction and ballistic material questions, lighting solutions, ancillary areas, ADA requirements, and more. With over 90 years in the gun range industry, Meggitt’s team of professionals is ready to turn your ideas into reality.


We’ve been around the block



  • Meggitt Training Systems FATS® 100P Simulator Leads Major Donation To New National Law Enforcement Museum   Learn more
  • Meggitt Training Systems Sells Live-Fire Range Equipment to Collin College   Learn more
  • How immersive training prepares cops for real-world situations   Learn more
  • Park Ridge police, volunteers train in lethal force scenarios in wake of Van Dyke murder trial  Learn more


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This newsletter covers just a few of the ways that Meggitt’s virtual and live fire products are improving training for defense forces, law enforcement agencies and commercial gun ranges around the world. In upcoming newsletters, we’ll introduce you to new technologies and products. For more information, contact MGTTS-LESales@meggitt.com.


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