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June 21, 2011

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Training for a Transit Event in a Virtual Environment


Simulation system demos capability at the 25th annual Police Security Expo

Suwanee, GA – Transit police forces across the country often serve commuter populations much larger in scale than populations served per officer in typical law enforcement agencies. With fewer sworn officers, efficiencies in training and resources are critical.

Range time is necessary and required, but often does not provide the critical decision making training needed in the field, while a live fire transit training exercise can often be time and cost intensive. Meggitt Training Systems, makers of FATS® and Caswell technologies, has developed a compact firearms training simulator that allows agencies to fine tune shooting skills via virtual marksmanship training as well as decision-based judgmental training all within a classroom environment.

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The Next Generation Virtual Trainer (XVT) offers advanced training technology in a self-contained, portable package. The projector, scoring system and CPU components are self-contained in a streamlined case. The system is simply placed on the floor and set-up is complete. Alternatively, the entire system can be quickly installed via a ceiling mount to save space within a smaller floor plan. A compact touch screen tablet PC provides wireless instructor control for ease of use, while an intuitive graphic interface eliminates the need for lengthy instructor training. The widescreen HD display creates an immersive training environment that is critical to judgmental training.

“Scenario-based virtual training allows officers to train in a non-lethal environment in what could be lethal scenarios when faced out in the field,” said David O’Meara, Vice President Law Enforcement Sales. “A combined firearms training program allows officers to spend time in a classroom environment on a virtual firearms trainer often saving time and money before moving out onto the live fire range or into a full-scale, live fire exercise.”

Meggitt courseware is designed based on real-world scenarios faced by officers in the field. From suspicious packages to hostage situations to terrorist threats, courseware and weaponry are the critical components in a virtual weapons training system. Multi-branched scenarios allow trainers to alter the outcomes based on officer commands, reactions and agency protocol.

Meggitt’s XVT system supports wireless BlueFire® wireless, tethered system controlled and Dvorak weapons. The BlueFire wireless weapon simulators use commercial wireless Bluetooth® technology to communicate with the training system while providing a full range of motion during tactical training exercises. Additionally, Meggitt offers BlueFire chemical spray and Taser® simulators for less than lethal training options.

Visit Meggitt Training Systems at the 25th Annual Police Security Expo in Atlantic City, New Jersey June 21-22 - Booth 1819.

About Meggitt Training Systems
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, unmanned land and sea vehicles, aerial targets and electronic scoring systems. Following the acquisition of FATS virtual training systems and Caswell International's live-fire ranges and services, Meggitt Training Systems has continued to grow its capabilities based on the legacy of these two industry leaders. Over 10,000 Meggitt live-fire ranges and 5,200 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 UK, Netherlands, UAE, Australia and Singapore. It can deploy service personnel anywhere in the world for instructor training, system installation and maintenance.

About Meggitt PLC
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 equipment, sensing systems, combat support and defence systems training. Meggitt employs 7400 people over 30 manufacturing facilities worldwide.