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04 Feb 16. Meggitt Training Systems’ Dedicated Netherlands Team Demonstrate Shooting Range Equipment at IWA Outdoor Classics 2016 in Nuremberg. Underscoring the importance of European customers, Meggitt Training Systems’ Netherlands-based team will feature the latest military shooting range equipment and live-fire products at IWA Outdoor Classics in Nuremberg, Germany on March 4-7, 2016.
A global leader in shooting range design, equipment and installation for law enforcement, defense and commercial ranges, Meggitt Training Systems has 90 years of live-fire experience, fielding more than 13,000 range systems worldwide, including over 75,000 live-fire target systems on 122 military bases.
As the pre-eminent manufacturer of live-fire and virtual training systems, Meggitt’s display of products on Stand #6-138 at IWA will include:
• The XWT GEN3 wireless target carrier with internal direct-drive, dual-motor system for quieter, smoother operation featuring superior reliability, durability, and a sleek, low profile, operable to 100 meters with customized user management.
• The GranTrap™ granulated rubber bullet and LE5000 steel bullet traps, providing superior design and resilience to effectively capture, contain or decelerate rounds.
• The Multi-Function Stationary Infantry Target (MF-SIT) featuring the unique ability to present friend-or-foe targets from multiple angles, exposing and concealing Figure 11, 12, US Army standard E, F or 3-D targets.
Meggitt Training Systems’ proven ability to design and manufacture virtual and live-fire range systems enables law enforcement and defense organizations to save time and money throughout the design and build phases of the project.
“Our full-time dedicated team in the Netherlands is ideally positioned to address Europe’s unique training requirements,” said Jonathan Read, vice president, live-fire systems at Meggitt Training Systems. “Early engagement ensures our customers receive the most effective range design, equipment and installation, delivering invaluable training capabilities now and into the future.” (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
03 Feb 16. DOT&E report highlights MSST failure. Key Points:
• The US Navy cancelled the Multi-Stage Supersonic Target programme in September 2015
• The decision followed the failure of the original GQM-173A target, and the rejection of an alternative approach that proposed mixing simulated capabilities with a supersonic ‘sprint’ endgame
The US Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) independent test and evaluation tsar has laid bare the US Navy’s (USN’s) unsuccessful efforts to develop and field a high-fidelity Multi-Stage Supersonic Target (MSST) to replicate separating anti-ship cruise missile (ASCM) threats such as the Novator 3M54 Klub (SS-N-27B ‘Sizzler’).
The MSST programme was formally terminated in September last year. This followed the failure of the original GQM-173A target vehicle, and the rejection of an alternative approach that proposed mixing simulated capabilities with a supersonic ‘sprint’ endgame presentation. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
04 Feb 16. Homing in: Distributed lethality dominates surface navy discussions. US Navy leaders, defence civilian officials, and industry representatives discussed the evolving concept of ‘distributed lethality’ at the recent Surface Navy Association symposium. Grace Jean assesses the debates that took place.
In early 2015, the US Navy (USN) unveiled its ‘distributed lethality’ concept, an idea aimed at refocusing the surface fleet’s offensive capability by boosting ships’ weapon inventories with long-range missiles and by adapting the way that surface action groups operate. The announcement generated a vision that all naval surface vessels – including auxiliaries and support ships – might soon be bristling with guns, missiles, and other kinetic weapon sys