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Our history – FATS®

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FATS

1984

Firearms Training Systems (FATS®) was established in Atlanta, Georgia, by 1979 Formula One World Champion Jody Scheckter. FATS is the first company in the world to produce interactive firearms training simulators for law enforcement and military markets.

1985

FATS® produces the world's first stand-alone firearm that interacts with a video scenario.

FATS delivers the first virtual training system to the US Postal Inspection Service.

1988

FATS® enables military squads to train in tactical mode with Squad Engagement Training System (SETS) video, in addition to marksmanship training. FATS II® generation with video branching is introduced. This allows multiple outcomes of a scenario based on the trainees' actions.

1989

FATS® introduces the first virtual night-vision training, allowing trainees to use night-vision devices without modification to engage scenarios on the simulator.

1990

FATS® makes first system delivery to US Marine Corps.

FATS is the first company to deliver the MK-19 simulator.

1991

FATS® introduces live-fire video.

1992

FATS® develops the world's first simulated trace mode, a program where firearms movement throughout a scenario is tracked and reviewed during the replay of the scenario.

1993

FATS® III generation introduces the world's first simulated lanes marksmanship. The system allows multiple students to train in the marksmanship mode and provides complete after-action review of their performance.

U.K. Ministry of Defense becomes a FATS customer.

1994

FATS® introduces the world's first Indirect Fire Trainer (IFT), allowing students to train at calling for and adjusting fire on a simulator.

FATS introduces the world's first indoor simulated mortar.

1995

FATS® is listed on NASDAQ.

1996

FATS® IV generation introduces 3D CGI environments, digital video scenarios and integrated motion platforms, providing motion for shipboard and vehicle training.

1997

FATS® delivers Motion Integrated Training System to the Singapore Coast Guard.

FATS introduces MPEG digital video for multiple branching within one scenario.

Fortune Magazine lists FATS as "A Company to Watch."

1998

FATS® introduces 3D sound and graphics for realistic training and movement on geo-specific terrain.

2000

FATS® earns HLA compliance.

2002

FATS® delivers the world's first Indirect Fire-Forward Air Control (I-FACT) trainer and world's first indoor simulator to train Forward Air Controllers (FACs), providing integrated direct/indirect fire capability and close air support.

2003

FATS® becomes ISO 9000 certified.

2004

FATS® partners with Lockheed Martin to develop and introduce the Virtual Combat Convoy Trainer.

FATS introduces BlueFire®, the world's first wireless weapon simulator.

MTSI introduces the FATS L7, the latest virtual training system for law enforcement.

2007

Meggitt PLC acquires FATS®. It merges FATS and Caswell International to form Meggitt Training Systems. (MTSI).

2010

MTSI delivers the second generation of maritime gunnery trainers to Singapore.

2012

MTSI introduces the FATS® M100, an open-architecture system for military virtual training, employing multiple simulation and training modes using the flexible architecture, which integrates third-party simulation, training and gaming products.

2014

MTSI wins US Army and US Marine Corp small-arms training contracts.

2015

MTSI introduces the FATS® 100e, featuring 3D marksmanship, automatic coaching with wireless tablet control and virtual after-action review, allowing shot assessment with correct target perspectives and detailed diagnostics for skill reinforcement and correction.

2016

MTSI receives certification as the Program of Record for the US Army's small-arms training, delivering the Engagement Skills Trainer (EST II) system to active US Army, US Army National Guard and US Army Reserve units worldwide.

2016

Introduction of the FATS® 100LE, developed for the military but customized for law enforcement training.

2017

Awarded certification as the small arms trainer Program of Record for the US Marine Corps Indoor Simulated Marksmanship Trainer (ISMT).

2017

The FATS® 100MIL is launched, providing multiple simulations and training modes for armed forces.

2017

The FATS® 100P is launched, providing portable virtual de-escalation of force training.

2018

Debut of the FATS® 300 and 180 multi-screen with 300° and 180° respectively for immersive, 3D marksmanship, judgmental and collective training.