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AUSA 2019: Meggitt demos LOMAH shot scoring technology

Meggitt Training Systems is demonstrating its location of miss and hit (LOMAH) capability to add to US Army and US Marine Corps (USMC) training ranges.

In May, Meggitt was awarded a follow-on USD15 million contract via the Army Targetry Systems (ATS) III programme, and the company expects that an ATS IV requirement could add LOMAH capabilities to army training doctrine, Jon Read, Meggitt Training Systems’ vice-president of live-fire systems, told Jane’s ahead of the annual Association of the United States Army conference in October.

The LOMAH system, mounted on a bar below the target, would add shot scoring by measuring “the precise time of a bullet’s supersonic shock wave passing over a ballistically protected microphone sensor array”, according to the company. The sound waves are triangulated, computed into the bullet’s location, and presented a graphical image.

A Meggitt LOMAH bar mounted beneath a target. (Meggitt)

A Meggitt LOMAH bar mounted beneath a target. (Meggitt)

US Army and USMC trainers do shot scoring based on manual reviews for qualification, or sometimes use spotting scopes. LOMAH would eliminate the extra person doing that scoring. Read said the technology could download the scoring into a database for training officers to retrieve and determine if the soldier or marine has qualified on a certain weapon. “It’s automating a lot of the manual work that has been done over the decades,” he noted.

Read said Meggitt’s LOMAH technology could score angled shooting as well as straight shooting, and could score any supersonic round, including from armoured vehicles, if required. The technology is not calibrated for subsonic rounds. It can function in indoor or outdoor ranges, Read added.

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