Meggitt Training Systems recently received a $7.19 million second delivery order to accompany the overall $32.7 million contract from the US Marine Corps Systems Command (MARCORSYSCOM) Program Manager for Training Systems (PM TRASYS) to develop and deliver the Indoor Simulated Marksmanship Trainers (ISMT) system for the US Marine Corps. The ISMT system provides realistic, state-of-the-art virtual small arms training for marksmanship, collective and judgmental scenarios.
“There are three areas for proper weapons training: marksmanship, collective and judgmental,” said Larry Raines, vice president virtual systems, Meggitt Training Systems. “Collective is used with teams in a combined environment. Judgmental hones a trainee’s response within their rules of engagement. Marksmanship develops the fundamentals of proper weapon training, including correct stance, butt pressure, cant, sighting and more. Utilizing simulation in these three training arenas minimizes range time and ammunition costs; allows for immediate, corrective action in a controlled setting; and provides realistic training with real duty weapons, regardless of weather, time of day or environmental conditions. This second delivery order, coupled with the initial ISMT contract, will result in better trained warfighters.”
The latest award includes virtual simulation systems and Meggitt’s patented BlueFire® wireless weapons. The systems included in the order will be delivered to domestic and international locales, as well as aboard naval vessels.
“The ISMT program allows us to take advantage of new technology,” said Kathleen Wilson, ISMT program manager. “Our graphic artists and subject matter experts visited numerous USMC ranges, taking photos for use in future ISMT virtual scenarios. Meggitt’s small arms trainer was developed as an open architecture system, allowing third party plug-and-play aspects to work in conjunction with the ISMT system. This user-friendly training solution provides a rapid readiness for instructors, and allows Marines to complete mandatory courses in a quick, efficient manner.”
The ISMT program provides a five-year Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract that includes system and weapon simulator development, as well as the installation and support of more than 670 systems at US Marine Corps facilities both domestically and worldwide. The ISMT systems meet the US Marine Corps current training requirements, but have been designed to incorporate Meggitt’s flexible system architecture to ensure the systems can meet future growth and evolving training conditions.
Source: Meggitt PLC
Date: Feb 2, 2016