Major Expansion in Weapons Training Capability
At I/ITSEC 2016, Meggitt Training Systems (on booth #1313) emphasises initial deliveries of the US Army Engagement Skills Trainer (EST) II, foreign military sales of the system, the FATS 100e virtual training system with integrated mortar simulator, plus a range of BlueFire wireless and tethered weapons.
“Meggitt Training Systems continues to innovate, delivering state-of the-art virtual and live-fire solutions to our global customer base,” Jeff Murphy, President, Meggitt Training Systems, explained. “We are particularly proud of our success with EST II, which is generating significant interest from foreign military delegations with similar training requirements.”
Meggitt solutions on display will include:
- Engagement Skills Trainer II: As the certified Program of Record for the US Army, the EST II represents “the world’s most innovative small-arms trainer thanks to 3D marksmanship, automatic coaching, a tablet interface, enhanced graphics and compatibility with existing simulated weapons,” Murphy said. Meggitt Training Systems was originally awarded the $99 million, five-year Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contract in 2014. Worldwide deliveries of more than 900 EST II systems started this August and will be complete by April 2018.
- FATS 100e virtual training system: A major expansion in weapons training capability, key features leveraged from EST II include 3D marksmanship, automatic coaching and VBS3-based collective training – with additional Joint Fires capabilities demonstrated at I/ITSEC. The 3D marksmanship provides visually realistic and highly detailed terrains and targets, and automatic coaching – a feature never before available in the small-arms training market. VBS3-based collective training supports Meggitt’s BlueFire weapon simulators and their full line of mortar simulators and Joint Fires training.
- BlueFire wireless weapon simulators: BlueFire simulators provide the highest level of virtual realism while maintaining the same form, fit and function of live weapon counterparts. BlueFire weapons are excellent choices for collective and judgmental training, operating via wireless Bluetooth technology without cords or tethered operations hindering actions. Weapon simulators available for demonstration at I/ITSEC include the BlueFire SA80, M4, Beretta M9, Glock 17, Sig 226, M27 IAR, MSGL, G36, and tethered M240. An 81mm mortar simulator is interactive with the FATS 100e to demonstrate mortar crew and collective training.
For more information please see MILITARY TECHNOLOGY #12/2016, available at the show on booth #2729; and frequently check back for more NEWS FROM THE FLOOR.