Meggitt Training Systems has been awarded a USD78 million contract to design and equip a multimission indoor and outdoor training facility in an unspecified Middle Eastern country, the company has announced. No timescale for completing the facility was given.
Statements from senior company executives indicated that the training facility is intended for military and law enforcement users from both regular and special forces.
The training facility will include multiple indoor and outdoor shooting ranges, combat training centres, virtual simulators, and physical mockups. These include a mix of Meggitt's stationary infantry targets (SITs), moving infantry targets (MITs), location of miss and hit (LOMAH) systems, range control systems, special effects battlefield simulators, and training information management systems. There will also be a variety of virtual reality special warfare simulators, overhead carriers, ballistic walls, and bullet traps.
The Meggitt MIT system is a cable-driven target device that travels on rails between attack and retreat positions at three speeds that replicate an individual walking slowly or quickly, jogging, and running on flat terrain. A SIT lifter is mounted on the MIT carrier. The target actuator is equipped with a hit sensor.
As the prime technology contractor, Meggitt will also integrate all training equipment from other suppliers. The prime contractor for the overall project was not disclosed.
Meggitt has supplied its outdoor range technology to a number of customers, including the US Army as part of the army targetry systems (ATS) programme and the UK in the comprehensive modernisation of targetry at British Army Training Unit Suffield (BATUS) in Alberta, Canada, which included more than 1,000 light and heavy deployable smart targets as well as other technology.
Meggitt also developed a facility, similar to that in the new contract, in a multimission range complex (MMRC) for the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF). This combines virtual simulation training with the use of live small arms up to .50-calibre rifles, enabling long-range shooting using computer-generated imagery to represent targets out to 1,000 m.
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