Meggitt Training Systems History
Meggitt Training Systems provides live-fire and virtual firearms training systems to domestic and allied military, defense and security forces, federal and international law enforcement agencies, large metropolitan training academies, thousands of police departments, ammunition and firearms manufacturers and commercial shooting range owners around the world. But did you know that Meggitt Training Systems – through its entities Caswell and FATS® – has been a leading live-fire and virtual systems provider for over 90 years?
Founded in 1926, Caswell International provided high-quality live-fire range systems, serving the law enforcement community, commercial gun ranges and security forces. Fast-forward to 1984 and the emergence of Firearms Training Systems Inc. or FATS®, an innovative computer-based simulation company that transformed the law enforcement and defense firearms simulation training markets.
In 2003, Meggitt acquired Caswell International. This acquisition was based on Caswell’s reputation as an innovator in the live fire shooting industry with a patented, world’s first production bullet trap and world’s-first production target system. Since 1926, Caswell provided shooting range innovations resulting in many successful product launches including: 1) the industry’s first moving target system; 2) the industry’s first environmentally-friendly bullet trap that reduces lead dust; 3) the industry’s first wireless range control device; and 4) the world’s first fully-mobile shooting range.
In 2006, Meggitt acquired Firearms Training Systems Inc. (FATS®). This acquisition was based on FATS’ reputation as 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 FATS military simulators are the system of record for the US Army, US Marines (USMC), United Kingdom Ministry of Defence (UK MOD), US National Guard, US Air Force (USAF), Canadian Army, Royal Canadian Navy, Royal Canadian Air Force, Australia Defense Forces (ADF), Singapore Army and Singapore Police Coast Guard.
FATS® was the first company to introduce wireless BlueFire® weapon simulators, using wireless technology. Our patented BlueFire® weapons replicate the form, fit and function of live weapons, and provide the same accurate, real-time training diagnostics as tethered weapon simulators.
In 2008, Meggitt merged Caswell and FATS® to create Meggitt Training Systems. This merger sought to 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. Over 13,000 Meggitt live-fire ranges and 5,100 virtual systems are fielded internationally, providing judgmental, collective, situational awareness and marksmanship training to the armed forces, law enforcement and security organizations throughout the world, Meggitt Training Systems provides the design experience, state-of-the-art products and back-end support necessary in today’s fast-paced training environments.