The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded three contracts to Meggitt to modernise the UK Army's dismounted close combat trainers (DCCTS).
With a combined value of £10.2m, the contracts upgrade current trainers with the FATS M100 system architecture, provide DCCT portable configurations, and add future integrated soldier technology (FIST) Phase IV fire control system (FCS) simulation training onto the DCCT platform as a complement to live-fire FIST equipment.
Two contracts include an expansion of the FATS M100 system architecture across the balance of the MoD small arms trainers, and upgrades to their forward air controller and indirect fire trainers.
Meggitt Training Systems Virtual Systems vice-president Larry Raines said: "As combat training requirements change and the consolidation of resources and manpower grow in importance, the UK MoD's investment in DCCT validates Meggitt's cost-effective and flexible growth path for evolving UK MoD requirements."
The FATS M100 small arms trainer supports the next-generation of military training systems and the company's own simulated weapons selection by adding marksmanship, judgmental videos, traditional computer generated imagery and third-party virtual simulation products.
The simulation elements and enhanced software applications are being designed and produced by Meggitt Training Systems in Georgia, US, while the UK-based Meggitt Target is scheduled to provide logistics support.
Leveraging the existing DCCT capabilities and features of the FATS M100 architecture enhanced system, the integrated training solution will ensure long-term capability, growth, and training sustainability for the British small arms trainers.
Deliveries for the first contract are anticipated to start in November this year.
Developed by Meggitt Training Systems, DCCT has been the UK MoD's primary small arms training system since 2003, delivering the first small arms trainers to the national army in 1992.
Similar systems are also used by the US forces, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and various countries across Southeast Asia and the Middle East.