Meggitt Training Systems to upgrade US Army’s small-arms trainers

19 May 2016 (Last Updated May 19th, 2016 18:30)

Meggitt Training Systems has been selected to upgrade the US Army Program Executive Office for Simulation and Training's (PEO STRI) small-arms trainer systems.

Meggitt Training Systems has been selected to upgrade the US Army Program Executive Office for Simulation and Training's (PEO STRI) small-arms trainer systems.

Under a $15.6m order, the company will supply an engagement skills trainer (EST) II system to the army's locations worldwide.

Meggitt Training Systems president Jeff Murphy said: "The US Army and National Guard are upgrading their existing EST systems to the highly advanced EST II, and they've long recognised Meggitt as the strategic partner to help them with their training goals.

"The decision was made to modernise the inventory of small-arms trainers to integrate additional training capabilities as future requirements evolve."

"The decision was made to modernise the inventory of small-arms trainers to integrate additional training capabilities as future requirements evolve."

The company is supplying its FATS M100 advanced reality training simulator to replace the army's incumbent EST 2000 system.

The trainer easily integrates Meggitt and third-party training modules covering 3-D marksmanship.

It uses an intelligent coaching application on a wireless tablet to help trainers change scenarios within a single training session, the company said.

Deliveries under the contract are expected to start from August and run through 2017.

The company was initially awarded a $99m small-arms trainer system supply contract by PEO STRI in 2014.

The contract covers the delivery of more than 1,000 systems, as well as simulated weapons for army facilities worldwide.