Meggitt Training Systems will display its new immersive, three-screen FATS 180MIL virtual system at I/ITSEC 2019.
A derivative of this product has been selected for the U.S. Army’s Squad Advanced Marksmanship Trainer (SAMT). I/ITSEC, an annual modeling, simulation, and training event will be held December 2-6, 2019 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.
“The FATS 180MIL has proven itself as part of the Army’s rigorous SAMT interim squad training solution, building on our prior Army EST II and Marine Corps ISMT program of record wins,” said Andrea Czop, vice president of strategy, sales and marketing for Meggitt Training Systems. “FATS simulators and our realistic weapons remain the gold standard for marksmanship and related small-arms military training. Plus, we’re the only company that also offers the full range of live-fire solutions, also chosen by the Army and other forces.”
The FATS 180MIL is one of Meggitt’s newest offerings for the defense market. Immersion is provided via three borderless 16×9 flat screens that can be arranged in any configuration from flat to wrap around, 5.1 surround sound audio system, plus effects in any direction added by the operator for increased realism. The system also has ultra-short-throw projectors that allow the trainee unprecedented distance to the entity being engaged, all while maintaining a smaller footprint than rear-projection systems. The system utilizes the same high-fidelity ballistic engine validated by the Army, Marine Corps, and other military customers.
The FATS 180MIL interfaces with a variety of firearms, including Meggitt’s BlueFire wireless weapons and BlueRailTM devices to convert live-fire weapons for training purposes. A variety of training firearms will be demonstrated at I/ITSEC, including BlueFire versions of the SIG Sauer P320/M17 semi-automatic pistol and FN Herstal M249 machine gun, plus BlueFire for the P320/M17 and Glock 17 handguns.
In live-fire training, Meggitt continues to win orders as part of the Army Targetry Systems III indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, five-year contract. Range equipment orders received from Tank-automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) since May 2019 total nearly $16 million. This equipment is vital for U.S. Army combat skills training by American and allied warfighters.