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Evolving technology drives innovation in simulation training

Lagging technological infrastructure and the associated costs to upgrade, historically has been the fallback industry excuse for not taking a project to the next level of innovation. Today, the simulation industry finds itself with research and development costs still a factor, but innovation is often only limited by imagination.

“The battlefield remains the primary driver of training requirements,” says Larry Raines, vice president, virtual systems at Meggitt Training Systems. “However, in the past, existing technology was a limiting factor in meeting those requirements. The state of technology today allows Meggitt’s engineers to think beyond today’s battlefield and design training tools capable of handling tomorrow’s training evolution.”

Meggitt Training Systems set the industry standard with the release of its FATS® M100 architecture. The flexibility of the FATS® M100 architecture has allowed Meggitt to continue this innovative trend and release new simulation training advancements that continue to expand the possibilities for training.

This system cost-effectively supports multiple, simultaneous simulation and training modes using a flexible systems architecture. A 3D Marksmanship Training environment along with Meggitt’s tetherless BlueFire® weapon simulators and the after action review (AAR) allows engagement and shot assessment in a 3D 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 handheld device 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.

At ITEC this year, Meggitt Training Systems will provide private demonstrations of the convertible, fully-sensored, tetherless BlueFire® M4 simulator; 3D Marksmanship training mode and HD video courseware; new advanced through-sight devices; a new wireless, tablet-based training tool; and automatic coaching tools.

Demonstrations will be available throughout the day at ITEC 2014 at Stand D150; 20-22 May; Cologne, Germany, or by appointment at www.meggitttradeshows.com/ITEC2014.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. 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. Meggitt employs over 11,000 people at over 40 manufacturing facilities and regional offices worldwide.

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