Meggitt Training Systems has expanded its range of small arms training systems, launching its FATS 300 multi-screen immersive trainer at the 2017 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) exhibition in Orlando.
The system consists of five flat 150x84 inch, 16:9 aspect ratio, borderless screens arranged in a hexagon formation, providing a 300° immersive field-of-view. Each of these has an ultra-short throw projector, allowing trainees to approach within three feet of the screen. The system includes 5:1 surround sound. Five digital cameras provide the same hit detection system as that employed in Meggitt’s existing FATS 100 systems.
The system supports up to 20 different simulated weapons, including rifles, pistols, machine guns, and light anti-armour weapons. Up to four weapons can be assigned to each user. Meggitt’s foam pellet firing hostile-fire system can also be integrated.
The FATS 300 supports marksmanship, judgemental, and collective training. Collective training at squad level, with up to four trainees, utilises third-party game engines, while judgemental training provides video scenarios with branching escalation or de-escalation depending on trainee response. Instructors have the option to create their own scenarios and the same intelligent tablet system used to support instructors for marksmanship training in the FATS 100 system can be used.
Michael Paulk, director, visual system sales for Meggitt, told Jane’s that the FATS 300 had been developed in six months in response to customer feedback on the capabilities of the FATS 100MIL and 100LE systems, which while providing high-quality visuals and accurate ballistic simulation do not provide such an immersive experience. He said that existing users of FATS 100, which forms the basis of the US Army’s Engagement Skills Trainer II (EST II) and the US Marine Corps’ Indoor Simulated Marksmanship Trainer (ISMT), could easily upgrade to the FATS 300.
At I/ITSEC Meggitt also showcased its FATS 100P, a portable version of the FATS 100, which was launched in October.
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