Meggitt Training Systems has been awarded a series of contracts for delivery of additional FATS virtual small arms training simulator (SAT) systems to the Italian Ministry of Defence (MoD).
Valued at a combined $17m, the contract involves the addition of around 55 SATs and 660 weapon training simulation systems (WTSS) to the Italian Army's existing inventory of Meggitt training equipment.
The package will also include the company's new FATS M100 system architecture, which will support the army's expanding capabilities due to compatibility with a broad spectrum of devices and software packages.
Equipped with an user friendly graphical interface, FATS is a laser-based small arms simulation system designed to help soldiers, sailors and airmen practice weapon handling, firing accuracy and marksmanship principles, without actually firing live ammunition using interactive videos to enhance learning objectives of simulation.
Based on the software used for development of games, movies, high-quality simulations and interactive applications, FATS M100 facilitates the rapid creation of training options for customer requirements in a modular, cost-effective package.
Designed to support multiple, simultaneous simulation and training modes, the simulator's flexible architecture enables customisation of Meggitt's courseware, including CGI marksmanship, high-definition video training, and integration of third-party advanced gaming engines.
Serving as the Italian Army's primary small arms training system since the late 1990s, FATS is also currently operational with the armed forces in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, as well as several countries in Asia and the Middle East.
The delivery schedule has not been disclosed by the company.
Image: US military personnel take aim on the Fire Arms Training Simulator (FATS). Photo: courtesy of US Navy, by petty officer 3rd class Douglas G Morrison.