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Our history – FATS®

///Our history – FATS®
Our history – FATS® 2019-02-06T13:26:43+00:00


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.


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.


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.


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


FATS® makes first system delivery to US Marine Corps.

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


FATS® introduces live-fire video.


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.


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.


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.


FATS® is listed on NASDAQ.


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


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."


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


FATS® earns HLA compliance.


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.


FATS® becomes ISO 9000 certified.


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.


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


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


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.


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


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.


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.


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


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


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


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


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