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07 May 19. Meggitt Training Systems Quebec to Highlight Virtual and Live-Fire Portfolio at Two Ottawa Events. Meggitt Training Systems Quebec will conduct demonstrations of its industry-leading simulators and live-fire solutions during Rampart’s Range Day and Expo at Stittsville Shooting Ranges on May 28, followed by CANSEC 2019 at the EY Centre on May 29-30.

“At a time when members of Canadian Armed Forces and law enforcement face increasing threats at home and abroad, Meggitt’s portfolio of virtual and live-fire products helps maximize readiness,” said Ed Duckless, president of Meggitt Training Systems Quebec. “Visitors to our Rampart and CANSEC displays in Ottawa can experience how we enable improved small-arms marksmanship, judgmental and collective skills.”

Rampart attendees will have the opportunity to view and fire at Meggitt’s Stationary Infantry Target. The SIT is a remote-controlled pop-up target actuator, capable of supporting a variety of U.S. and NATO target silhouettes. The infantry target adapts to a variety of range environments, infrastructures and operational constraints, and does not contain hydraulic fluids, contaminants or hazardous toxins. Lightweight and portable, SITs are easily transported and stacked for deployment or storage. The SIT performs all standard target commands such as expose, conceal, hit-fall, hit-hold and hit-bob. The user can easily program any combination of commands in scenario mode without affecting the default settings.

Meggitt products to be highlighted at CANSEC 2019 (booth 211) include:

  • Building upon Meggitt’s well established capabilities as the small-arms trainer system of record for the Canadian Army, the FATS 100MIL is a major expansion in weapons training capability, introducing revolutionary features such as advanced game engine 3-D marksmanship, enhanced diagnostics with intelligent automatic coaching and VBS3-based collective training. In addition, the FATS 100MIL allows assignment of Meggitt’s patented wireless BlueFire® weapons to each trainee. The FATS 100MIL forms the basis for programs of record with the US Army, US Marine Corps and others.
  • The GranTrap granulated rubber bullet trap utilizes soft media to stop incoming rounds and capture them predominantly intact. This minimizes airborne lead dust, averts back-splatter and ricochet, and minimizes impact noise. The result is a cleaner and safer environment for shooting ranges, maximizing bullet recovery and recycling processes.
  • The Multi-Function Stationary Infantry Target (MF-SIT) System with LOMAH (location of miss and hit). The MF-SIT has the unique ability to expose from multiple angles with a friend-or-foe target. Movements are precise, dynamic and respond quickly to commands of expose, conceal, slice and turn in any combination. In addition, the MF-SIT will rotate a regulation infantry target through 360 degrees at multiple angles. It can respond to hits; its automatic triggers activated by shooter movements or a pre-programmed scenario. This ensures that trainees do not anticipate target actions, which provides a realistic environment for specialized training. The LOMAH system adds shot scoring by measuring the precise time of a bullet’s supersonic shock wave passing over a ballistically protected microphone sensor array. It can be installed easily via a retrofit kit or on new, LOMAH-capable Meggitt targets.

To see a demonstration of Meggitt’s products and speak with a company representative during Rampart’s Range Day and Expo or CANSEC 2019, visit booth #211 or schedule an appointment at https://meggitttrainingsystems.com/about/request-a-meeting-with-meggitt-training-systems/. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)

09 May 19. Chile to replace T-35 training aircraft. The Chilean Air Force has received authorisation to start the selection of a new primary and basic training aircraft, Defence Undersecretary Cristian de la Maza confirmed last week. 40 new trainers, fitted with digital instruments and a ‘glass’ cockpit, will be ordered. The new trainers will start replacing around 30 ENAER T-35 Pillans between 2024 and 2025, military sources in Santiago told Jane’s.  Introduced in 1985, the piston-driven T-35s are approaching the end of their service lives and will be retired between 2020 and 2028. Undersecretary de la Maza said that the state-owned aerospace firm ENAER is expected to play a central role in the project. (Source: IHS Jane’s)

08 May 19. Saab to build new plant in Indiana for T-X trainer jet. Swedish aircraft manufacturer Saab will build a T-X production facility in West Lafayette, Indiana, where it will manufacture its portion of the Air Force trainer jet it is developing with Boeing, the company announced Wednesday. The company plans to invest $37m in the site, which will produce “major structural sections” and conduct final assembly of Saab’s piece of the jet, according to a Saab news release. Then those elements will be sent to Boeing’s facility in St. Louis, Missouri, to be mated with the rest of the trainer. Construction on the new facility will begin in 2020, and Saab intends to hire at least 300 full-time employees from the area during the initial years of the site’s operation.

The announcement, made Wednesday during a ceremony at West Lafayette-based Purdue University, fulfills a promise Saab officials made in 2017 to establish a new manufacturing center in the United States once the Boeing-Saab team had won the T-X contract.

At the time, Saab President and CEO Håkan Buskhe said the company was still considering site locations, as well as whether to repurpose an existing production facility or construct a new campus. However, he was confident at least 90 percent of the jet could be made in the United States — an important qualifier under the Trump administration, which has touted “Buy American” policies.

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb, Purdue University President Mitch Daniels and Buskhe attended the ceremony on Wednesday.

“After careful consideration, we have chosen West Lafayette, thanks to the visionary leadership of both the State of Indiana and the world-leading Purdue University,” Buskhe said. “Today’s announcement is a part of our growth strategy in the United States, and deepens our relationship with the U.S. customer. We see great possibilities here for this facility and our partnerships.”

In addition to building the new facility, the Swedish company will partner with Purdue University, a hub of engineering talent in the Midwest, to conduct research on advances in sensors, artificial intelligence and autonomous technologies.

During the ceremony, Buskhe noted the scope and level of investment of these activities has not been decided.

Under the T-X program, Saab and Boeing will produce at least 351 trainers for the U.S. Air Force. The Navy and Marine Corps is also interested in buying the jet, and the Air Force is considering its use for simulating adversaries during combat and for light-attack missions — a prospect that could land the Saab-Boeing team additional sales in the hundreds.

The Air Force awarded the $9.2bn T-X contract to Saab and Boeing last year, and the service’s first T-X squadron is expected to be operational in fiscal 2024. (Source: Defense News Early Bird/Defense News)

07 May 19. Texas-based Start-up MedCognition® to Develop Military Medical Training Modules for US Army Using PerSim® Augmented Reality Patient Simulator System.

MedCognition, a Texas-based start-up, is collaborating with Chenega Healthcare Serviceson a military medicine education and training initiative for the US Army. MedCognition will create military-relevant trauma training modules using its PerSim® augmented reality patient simulator system to support tactical combat casualty care and emulate battlefield and mass casualty incident injuries as part of the $750,000 development contract. MedCognition will develop the training modules over the next 12 months with the potential to be adopted by the US Military in the years to come.

The PerSim augmented reality patient simulator system provides dynamic realism in medical simulation training using Microsoft HoloLens® Mixed reality to project life-like holographic patients into actual work environments. PerSim allows participants to view realistic patient simulations with a number of clinical presentations including respiratory distress, stroke and minor trauma, and is currently used by pre-hospital training programs to strengthen critical thinking, decision-making and assessment skills of trainees.

“Experiential learning is a cornerstone of providing quality patient care and potentially preventing medical errors, especially in a frantic and stressful environment like pre-hospital,” commented US Army Combat Veteran Physician and CEO of MedCognition, Dr. Kevin King. “MedCognition delivers affordable, realistic and portable tools for first responders and healthcare clinicians to learn through hands-on experience. Instead of classrooms or on-screen training modules, PerSim empowers educators and trainees to practice caring for critically ill patients with the tools and in the actual environments where they deliver care. This contract expands our capabilities into military medicine and battlefield care, with the hope that this could help save the lives of critically ill and injured soldiers.”

Founded in 2016, MedCognition was developed by Emergency Medicine clinicians, educators and computer scientists through a partnership with UT Health San Antonio and UTSA. The company’s PerSim augmented reality patient simulation system is used by medical educators and trainers in healthcare sectors including pre-hospital, first responder and emergency medicine. The PerSim system was recognized by EMS World Magazine as an Innovation of the Year in 2018.

Chenega Healthcare Services is an 8(a) Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB), wholly-owned subsidiary of the Chenega Corporation, an Alaska Native Corporation (ANC), with extensive experience in healthcare services, medical research, and program management. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)

06 May 19. The USAF’s new trainer jet is attracting the Navy’s and Marine Corps’ interests. The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps are monitoring the development of the Air Force’s T-X training jet, but it may be years before they can launch their own competitions to replace the T-45, officials said Monday.

“We’re watching the T-X. Obviously the Air Force is going through that process,” Lt. Gen. Steven Rudder, the Marine Corps’ deputy commandant for aviation, said during a panel at the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space conference.

“At some point, we’re going to have to replace the T-45. We’re going to have to replace the F-5,” he said, referring to the T-45 Goshawk (used by the Navy and Marine Corps to train fighter pilots) and the F-5 (used to simulate adversaries during exercises).

“Our adversary requirement is not going away. It only increases. That’s another one that with our Air Force counterparts we’re watching closely on many different fronts,” he added.

Last year, the Air Force chose a Boeing-Saab team to build a new, clean-sheet trainer, awarding the firms a contract worth up to $9.2bn. Although the service’s program of record is 351 T-X jets and 46 simulators, the agreement gives it the flexibility to buy up to 475 aircraft and 120 simulators. A Navy and Marine Corps buy would add several hundred aircraft to the Air Force’s eventual order — a massive financial win for Boeing, which bid extremely low on the T-X solicitation with the expectation of raking in big profits during the production stage.

Boeing is set to deliver the first simulators to Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, in 2023. In fiscal 2024, the Air Force will have enough simulators and trainers to declare its first squadron as operational.

Angie Knappenberger, the Navy’s deputy director of air warfare, said the timing of a T-X buy could be “problematic” because of the current schedule of the TH-57 replacement, which is taking priority over a new jet trainer.

“Once we’re able to accomplish that — the helicopter trainer replacement — then we’re going to look more forward to something like the T-45 replacement. T-X would certainly be in the running as a candidate for something like that,” she said.

The Navy in January released a request for proposals for the TH-57 replacement, kick-starting a competition with Airbus, Bell and Leonardo that could potentially lead to a contract awarded this year. The service wants to buy 130 helicopter trainers from FY20 to FY23.

Knappenberger did not elaborate on why the timing of the T-X program could be challenging for the Navy, but the service plans to finish purchasing new helicopter trainers just as Boeing starts producing and delivering T-Xs to the Air Force. Another key factor may be whether the T-X can be outfitted with the gear necessary for taking off from and landing on aircraft carriers, and how quickly Boeing could complete the engineering work involved.

Like Rudder, Knappenberger noted the appeal of buying enough T-X trainers to fill the service’s adversary air requirements, saying she’s “curious to see” the jet’s red air capabilities.

The Air Force is also assessing the T-X’s ability to conduct other mission sets.

“You could imagine a version of the airframe that could be equipped as a light fighter. You can imagine a version that is equipped as an adversary air-training platform,” Air Combat Command head Gen. Mike Holmes told reporters in March. (Source: Defense News)

02 May 19. Peraton to provide mission-ready range systems for US Navy. National security company Peraton has been awarded a contract to provide mission-ready range instrumentation systems to support the US Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division’s (NAWCWD) test and evaluation (T&E) missions. The five-year single award cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract is valued at $33m.

Under the contract, the company will develop and provide telemetry, communications, radar, electro-optical, infrared, weather, power, and range safety systems for potential use in US hypersonic vehicle research and development initiatives.

The company will also be responsible for collecting test data, as well as providing satellite and terrestrial communications.

Peraton chief technology officer Dr Reggie Brothers said: “Our Huntsville-based team of range system engineers, test planners, flight safety experts, and cybersecurity professionals have established themselves as a vital component of US hypersonics T&E infrastructure.

“The company is expected to complete the work in April 2024.”

“We look forward to our continued partnership with NAWCWD in advancing RDT&E to ensure technical superiority in support of our national security.”

Work under the contract will be carried out in Huntsville, Alabama; Camarillo and Point Mugu, California, US.

The company is expected to complete the work in April 2024.

Peraton will also leverage its expertise in fielding unmanned aerial vehicle-based and open ocean range support for Nasa and the US Air Force customers.

The contract will expand NAWCWD’s T&E support on the Mission, Maintenance, Future Requirements (MMFR) programme for range instrumentation systems.

It will also support technology demonstrations and flight test events of the US Department of Defense, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and Missile Defense Agency (MDA).

Last month, Peraton won a contract to provide unmanned maritime systems support (UMSS) for the US Navy Marine Mammal Systems Engineering Services. (Source: naval-technology.com)

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Meggitt Training Systems, makers of FATS® and Caswell technologies, a division of Meggitt PLC, is the leading supplier of integrated live-fire and virtual weapons training systems. Meggitt Training Systems continues to grow its capabilities based on the legacy of these two industry leaders.

Over 13,600 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. Learn more at https://meggitttrainingsystems.com/.

 

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