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10 June 19. Meggitt Training Systems’ FATS® 100P Brings Portable, Virtual Training to Police Security Expo. Meggitt Training Systems will highlight its portable FATS® 100P small-arms training system at the 33rd Annual Police Security Expo. The law enforcement event will be held June 25-26, 2019 at the Atlantic City Convention Center in New Jersey.
“From marksmanship to de-escalation of force, Meggitt’s FATS 100P enables police departments to train just about anywhere, plus educate their local communities about the complex circumstances law enforcement faces every day,” said Matt Cunningham, Meggitt’s director of virtual systems sales. “Police Security Expo attendees are invited to see a demo of the FATS 100P, plus learn about our multi-screen FATS 180LE and 300LE for even greater scenario immersion.”
The FATS 100P features advanced functionality for both instructor and trainee, delivering weapon handling and shot placement analytics, marksmanship automatic coaching tools, video-based judgmental training for escalation and de-escalation of force and enhanced graphic capabilities, all in a compact package. Portable and light, the FATS 100P comes in two rugged hand-carry cases the size of a large range bag that allow easy transportation, set-up and operation by one person. Up to six weapon simulators, including Meggitt’s patented wireless BlueFire®, can be run simultaneously.
Meggitt Training Systems recruits a significant amount of its workforce from law enforcement. As such, the company is ideally positioned to leverage that expertise to address evolving requirements from police departments. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
13 June 19. US and Thai navies complete CARAT Thailand exercise. Maritime forces of the US and Thailand have concluded the Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Thailand 2019. CARAT Thailand 2019 began on 29 May and is the 25th iteration of the annual regional exercise in South and South East Asia. The US Navy, Marine Corps, Royal Thai Navy (RTN) and Marine Corps took part in the exercise designed to boost partnerships between regional forces. The conclusion of CARAT Thailand was marked by a ceremony aboard the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile destroyer USS Antietam (CG 54) at Sattahip Naval Base.
CARAT Thailand started in 1995 and RTN has been a regular participant in the annual event since then. The exercise seeks to address shared maritime security concerns. It involves practical training in naval operations and subject matter expert knowledge exchanges.
Task Force 73 commander rear admiral Joey Tynch said: “This year marks a significant milestone in the US-Thailand CARAT series because it represents a quarter century of a partnership that grows in strength and value every day.
“For 25 years, we have worked together, shared knowledge and expertise, and have greatly improved our interoperability, we’re stronger together.”
The exercise included the participation of more than a dozen ships and aircraft from the navies of the two countries. These assets took part in training at-sea and onshore.
Maritime training activities during the exercise included symposiums and sharing of best practices related to maritime domain awareness (MDA), jungle survival training, integrated dive team training and practical dives.
MDA training also involved a sea phase. Personnel engaged in submarine operations and tactics tabletop exercises, as well as integrated watch team practical drills.
Destroyer Squadron 7 MDA expert lieutenant Dave Copeland said: “No country alone can ensure maritime security. It requires coordinated efforts by all regional partner nations and agencies to actively share information in a transparent and timely manner so that we can all effectively conduct combined maritime response operations.” (Source: naval-technology.com)
11 June 19. ‘Tobruq Legacy 2019’ prepares Germany, Netherlands to go Dutch on NRF VJTF air defence. Germany and the Netherlands are using NATO’s biggest air defence exercise of the year, ‘Tobruq Legacy 2019’ (‘TOLY 19’), being held in Poland on 3-19 June, to prepare their joint air defence of the NATO Response Force (NRF) Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) in 2023, the Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) said on its website on 6 June. The exercise involves 4,800 troops and about 1,200 vehicles from air defence units of 17 participating countries, according to the Dutch MoD and German Air Force (Luftwaffe). The Dutch MoD said the size of the exercise area allows all air defence capabilities to co-operate in a single exercise scenario. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
11 June 19. Cubic lands Indo-Pacific air combat support contracts. Cubic Corp has secured a series of training support and equipment contracts for an as yet undisclosed group of customers in the Indo-Pacific region.
Cubic Global Defense (CGD) was awarded several contracts totalling about US$150m from various customers in the Indo-Pacific (IPAC) region to provide air combat manoeuvring instrumentation (ACMI), training support for combat training centres and deliver upgrades and maintenance services for the region’s live fire ranges.
Mike Knowles, president of CGD, welcomed the announcement, saying, “We are pleased to leverage our worldwide expertise as the leading provider of instrumented tactical engagement systems to support our customer in the IPAC region.”
Cubic’s services for combat training centres will include training support in IPAC as well as maintenance and supply of multiple integrated laser engagement systems (MILES). Additionally, Cubic will design, build and provide ongoing comprehensive maintenance support for live fire ranges.
“We are committed to delivering the most advanced training systems to ensure our allies have the ability to establish realistic training environments that accurately simulate the complexities of combined arms operations,” Knowles added.
Cubic is a technology-driven provider of integrated solutions that increase situational understanding for transportation, defence C4ISR and training customers worldwide to decrease urban congestion and improve militaries’ effectiveness and operational readiness. (Source: Defence Connect)
11 June 19. AERALIS ensuring its military training aircraft are ready for Sixth-Generation. AERALIS, the young British company developing a new class of military trainer aircraft, is working closely with leading defence primes to ensure that it can deliver the advanced training required for sixth-generation fighter jets. The United States, the UK, France, Germany, Japan, China and Russia have already announced the development of a sixth-generation aircraft program. Whilst these conceptual aircraft of the future will undoubtedly share many of the stealth and other technologies of fifth-generation aircraft like the F35, their evermore complex sensor, communication and weapons systems are certain to place even greater demands on the pilot, making training those pilots even more challenging.
In order to manage increasing amounts of data at the same time as flying the aircraft, sixth-generation pilots are set to become increasingly interoperable with the aircraft itself. The integration between human and machine will be one of the dominant features in sixth-generation fighter jet development. Much of the required skills can be learnt in a benign classroom or simulator environment but the AERALIS training aircraft will enable trainee pilots to bring all the elements together – receiving, interpreting and reporting information whilst flying in possibly poor weather conditions or over difficult terrain. By incorporating in-cockpit monitoring tools that can track eye movements and measure stress levels in a number of different ways, AERALIS will be able not only to facilitate the training of individual pilots but also build an anonymised database that will significantly enhance the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of future pilot training programmes.
Tim Davies, AERALIS Strategy Director, commented: “Whilst, concepts and designs for the next generation of combat aircraft are still being formulated, debated and tested, the AERALIS Training System is leading the way in putting the pilot first and maximising his or her ability to fly and operate increasingly complex aircraft in preparation for the next evolution in combat aircraft system design.”
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/.