Meggitt Training Systems has developed a desktop trainer for the M1134 Stryker Anti-tank Guided Missile (ATGM)-variant based on its existing embedded training solution. The company showcased it for the first time at the 2016 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation, and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) exhibition in Orlando in December.
The trainer includes positions for the TOW gunner, the M1134 vehicle commander, and optionally a driver. The gunner's hand controls are real hardware while their sight view and the commander's periscope view are shown on monitors. Soft versions of switches and other controls are also provided on the monitors. An instructor can control the system using a tablet; all performance data is recorded for subsequent after-action review.
The system is HLA-compliant and can be networked with other trainers to enable collective training. It is portable and can be packed into transit cases.
Meggitt's vice-president of virtual systems, Larry Raines, told IHS Jane's that the trainer had been developed "to leverage the investment that had already been made in the embedded training software" in order to provide a smooth training transition from the classroom to the real vehicle.
Meggitt already provides a desktop trainer for the Stryker remote weapon station (RWS), which was also shown at I/ITSEC integrated with a driver station using an Immersive Display Solutions Vision Station 2 160x60° spherical environment.
Raines said that a possible development path was the integration of these desktop trainers into the FATS 100e weapon training system, which has been adopted by the US Army as the Engagement Skills Trainer II (EST II) and the US Marine Corps as the Indoor Simulated Marksmanship Trainers (ISMT).
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