Meggitt Training Systems’ EST II Designated as US Army Program of Record
Meggitt Training Systems recently completed the System Verification Test (SVT) and Site Operational Test (SOT) for the US Army’s next-generation small-arms trainers, obtaining certification as the Program of Record for Army small-arms training. Completion of these tests confirms that Meggitt has met all requirements set forth by the Army’s Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI) to deliver the Engagement Skills Trainer (EST) II system to active US Army, National Guard and Reserve units worldwide.
“The completion of EST II testing marks a significant milestone in a long-standing relationship between the US Army and Meggitt,” said Jeff Murphy, president, Meggitt Training Systems. “This summer, Meggitt will commence delivery of the first EST II systems, which are fully compatible with the Army’s existing arsenal of simulated weapons and current training doctrine.”
Meggitt was originally awarded the $99 million, five-year Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract in 2014, and deliveries of 890-plus EST II systems will occur during the next 18 months at locations worldwide. As the Certified Program of Record, the system will train new and experienced soldiers in marksmanship, collective scenarios and judgmental video scenarios. Each mode provides critical training based on the skill level of the soldier or unit.
“Meggitt is delivering on our commitment to ‘best value’ through 3D marksmanship, automatic coaching, a tablet interface, enhanced graphics and compatibility with existing Army simulated weapons,” said Mark Parr, EST program manager. “The ESTII provides advanced tools that enable instructors to provide efficient training for current and future challenges.”
Meggitt’s scalable and robust open-architecture system allows ready integration of Meggitt and third-party training modules and will accommodate evolutions in fidelity and graphic complexity for greater realism. Current Meggitt architecture facilitates enhanced 3D marksmanship, with an intelligent automatic coaching application on a wireless tablet, enabling trainers to provide better and more effective guidance within a given training session.
Meggitt Training Systems
Meggitt Training Systems, makers of FATS® and Caswell technologies, is a Meggitt business unit. The leading global supplier of integrated live-fire and virtual weapons training systems, over 13,000 Meggitt live-fire ranges and 5,100 virtual systems are fielded internationally, providing judgmental, situational awareness and marksmanship training to the armed forces, law enforcement and security organizations.
Meggitt Training Systems employs more than 400 people at its headquarters in Atlanta and at facilities in Orlando, Canada, the United Kingdom, Netherlands, UAE, Australia and Singapore. It can deploy service personnel anywhere in the world for instructor training, system installation and maintenance. www.meggitttrainingsystems.com
Headquartered in the United Kingdom, Meggitt PLC is an international group operating in North America, Europe and Asia. Known for its specialized extreme environment engineering, Meggitt is a world leader in aerospace, defense and energy. Meggitt employs nearly 11,000 people at over 40 manufacturing facilities and regional offices worldwide.
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