As the global leader in integrated live-fire and virtual weapons training systems, Meggitt Training Systems’ FATS 100MIL is a major expansion in weapons training capability. The FATS 100MIL boasts revolutionary features, such as advanced game engine 3D Marksmanship, enhanced diagnostics with intelligent Automatic Coaching and VBS3-based collective training.

The system provides an impressive array of functionality for both instructor and trainee, delivering solid weapon-handling and shot-placement analytics, coaching tools that automatically highlight trainee results for reinforcement or correction, and enhanced graphic capabilities for an all-encompassing immersive training platform.

The 3D Marksmanship Training environment represents an innovative training advance, providing visually realistic and highly detailed terrains and targets, including weather; striking visual effects to include wind-blown environments; and realistic ballistic effects. Visual fidelity and target detail are stunning and readily support target detection, recognition and identification (DRI) requirements.

The after-action review allows engagement and shot assessment in a 3D virtual environment with correct target perspectives, while providing detailed trainee diagnostics for skill reinforcement and/or correction. The training environment can be altered by manipulating temperature, elevation, wind speed and direction, affecting the visual movement of the trees and grass and most importantly, influencing the bullet ballistics during flight.

To help engage and mark moving targets correctly when not using through-sight devices, a lead point indicator is added. Additionally, a ‘target indicator’ and ‘target distance marker’ is available to facilitate virtual training and skill transfer to a live-fire environment. The system also provides advanced courses of fire and marksmanship feedback previously unavailable with the required level of fidelity in virtual marksmanship training.

Never before available in the small arms training market, Meggitt’s patented Automatic Coaching leverages the enhanced 3D Marksmanship, Meggitt’s BlueFire weapon simulator diagnostics and optional wireless tablet technology, in order to successfully provide training feedback at the firing lines. Instructors can now stand next to the trainees and demonstrate exact shot placement, improper weapon handling, weapon trace and correct behavior in real time.

Automatic Coaching creates a flexible training environment, by putting instructional tools in the hands of the instructor for ready presentation to the trainee. Automatic Coaching tracks the weapon sensor information — how the trainee manipulates the trigger, how much pressure is applied to the buttstock, how the weapon is canted – with shot analysis that points back to customer doctrine and reinforces the fundamentals of shooting to the trainee.

Based on detailed shot analysis, automatic assessment flags questionable results, allowing the instructor to quickly identify and correct fundamental marksmanship errors with coaching techniques pulled from the organisation’s official training doctrine, immediately available on an individual tablet for trainee reference. Additionally, the tool includes customised video excerpts and doctrinal references to correct basic errors in shooting technique.

The collective training solution employs Virtual Battlespace 3 (VBS3) for squad level training, a flexible simulation training solution using scenario-based training, mission rehearsal and more. The enhanced visual realism of collective training prepares trainees in effective decision-making within a safe, non-lethal, immersive environment. VBS is widely used for virtual and constructive training, and can now be optimised with the Meggitt small arms training solution.

Meggitt’s FATS 100MIL is available in both permanently-stationed and portable configurations. The system can be delivered in a completely self-contained mil spec storage case for portability and protection from harsh environments, or delivered in a rack-style configuration for a dedicated training classroom. The training modes include 3D Marksmanship, Collective training and judgmental HD video scenarios, all supporting Meggitt’s own extensive simulated weapon selection.

FATS 100MIL comes pre-loaded with a broad set of courseware to support training with embedded marksmanship and collective courseware creation tools. With the new features and expansions, Meggitt’s FATS 100MIL offers unmatched training advances and includes the latest technological developments to meet the needs of combat forces worldwide.

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FATS 100MIL provides training opportunities for a wide range of small arms, from handguns to platoon-level automatic weapons. (Photo: Meggitt Training Systems)

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