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Meggitt Training Systems Demonstrates Next Generation Simulation Training, I/ITSEC 2013

Leading the simulation arena with innovative training solutions, Meggitt Training Systems will provide private demonstrations of its latest advanced training technologies at this year’s Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC), December 2-5 in Orlando, Florida.

Released in 2011, Meggitt’s FATS® M100 architecture is now the industry standard, designed to support multiple, simultaneous simulation and training modes using a flexible systems architecture. This integration of internally developed and third party simulation, training, and gaming products is what other companies are just now working to bring online.

The flexibility of the FATS® M100 architecture has allowed Meggitt to move forward on new simulation training advancements – such as the inclusion of a CryENGINE® 3-D Marksmanship Training environment with Meggitt’s tetherless BlueFire® weapon simulators. The after action review (AAR) allows engagement and shot assessment in a 3-D virtual environment while providing detailed trainee diagnostics for skill reinforcement and/or correction. The detailed shot analysis, automatic assessment and coaching capabilities pulled from doctrine are immediately available on an individual tablet for trainee reference.

The scalability of the FATS® M100 is highlighted by the concurrent use of multiple through-sight devices for both Marksmanship and Collective (CGI) training. The flexible architecture ensures maximum trainee throughput while offering a growth-path for the future, and maintains the system’s performance and feedback essential for training.

‘Smart’ weapons are not simply tetherless.

Meggitt’s proven family of fully-sensored BlueFire® simulators delivers immediate trainee feedback to the instructor, and stays true to the form, fit and function of a live weapon. BlueFire’s® functionality, tactile operating components and realistic recoil barrel movement equate to authentic training results.

“Today’s soldiers are accustomed to highly detailed, realistic gaming graphics provided by CryENGINE® and VBS2, so they quickly immerse themselves visually in Meggitt’s training scenarios,” said Larry Raines, Vice President of Virtual Products. “But when you put a true-to-life weapon simulator in their hands, they quickly realize the quality of the system and the training, and reinforce muscle memory. This allows further immersion that elevates the training benefits.”

While ‘tetherless’ weapon simulators are available, most companies are still working towards smart weapons technology. “There is much confusion in today’s simulation training market. ‘Tetherless weapons’ are not smart weapons,” said Raines. “Simply removing a cable from simulated weapons does not make it a smart weapon – only tetherless. Meggitt’s BlueFire® smart weapon technology is a fully-sensored, tetherless simulator that communicates with the training system in real-time. This allows trainers to monitor feedback that relates directly back to the shooter’s actions, allowing for quick reinforcement, correction and remediation.”

At this year’s I/ITSEC, Meggitt will provide private demonstrations of several new system advancements such as a convertible, fully-sensored, tetherless BlueFire® M4 simulator; 3-D Marksmanship training mode and HD video courseware; new advanced through-sight devices; a new wireless, tablet-based training tool; and automatic coaching tools.

Visit Booth 1040 at I/ITSEC 2013, December 2-5.; Orange County Convention Center Orlando, FL
Demos throughout the day, or by appointment at: meggitttradeshows.com/i-itsec-2013.aspx

About Meggitt Training Systems

Meggitt Training Systems, makers of FATS® and Caswell technologies, a division of Meggitt PLC, is the leading supplier of integrated live-fire and virtual weapons training systems, unmanned land and sea vehicles, aerial targets and electronic scoring systems. Following the acquisition of FATS virtual training systems and Caswell International's live-fire ranges and services, Meggitt Training Systems has continued to grow its capabilities based on the legacy of these two industry leaders. Over 13,000 Meggitt live-fire ranges and 5,100 virtual systems are fielded internationally, providing judgmental, situational awareness and marksmanship training to the armed forces, law enforcement and security organizations.

Meggitt Training Systems employs more than 400 people at its headquarters in Atlanta and at facilities in Orlando, Canada, the United Kingdom, Netherlands, UAE, Australia and Singapore. It can deploy service personnel anywhere in the world for instructor training, system installation and maintenance.

About Meggitt PLC

Headquartered in the United Kingdom, Meggitt PLC is an international group operating in North America, Europe and Asia. Known for its specialized extreme environment engineering, Meggitt is a world leader in aerospace, defense and energy, employing nearly 11,000 people at more than 40 manufacturing facilities and regional offices worldwide.

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