Combat troops need to experience a realistic and challenging environment for close quarter battle (CQB) training, which is what UK-based PPS Partition Panel Systems can provide. PPS is part of the Emirates Defence Industries Company pavilion (Stand 05-A10).
Instead of fixed-wall or rail-mounted structures, PPS has developed reconfigurable panels on a retractable castor wheelbase with which simulated buildings can be assembled. The wall system can be configured in any number of layouts to replicate the operational environment. Said Gary Baker, sales director: “Our range of panel systems is designed to be transported in shipping containers, allowing the quick setting up of a training facility at overseas locations or forward bases.”
Three panel types are available: light, heavy duty and ballistic. The light version can be constructed quickly by one person and requires no lifting gear. For more intense CQB training, the heavy-duty system has sturdy ‘climb-through’ windows and door-entry panels for manual breaching (MOE) techniques.
According to Baker, the ballistic panels are designed for 360° live-firing scenario training with 9mm and 5.56mm ammunition. “The ballistic panels have an armoured steel core and bullet-trap system to prevent splash-back, and replaceable plywood or PVC outer facings,” he explained.
The company offers a PPS iPad app with pre-loaded scenario plans to create new layouts. The app can be customised to control CCTV, lighting and audio to enhance training realism.