VirTra announced on 14 February that it has acquired a portfolio of intellectual property assets and proprietary designs related to firearms simulation technology from Tiberius Technology, LLC, doing business as Innotech Dynamics.
VirTra intends to use these newly-acquired patents to enhance its current product line of recoil kits, as well as to create new, state-of-the-art training equipment for both military and law enforcement simulation training. Additionally, Innotech will provide ongoing consulting support to VirTra as the company integrates the technology into its existing product portfolio.
Over the years, VirTra has developed a reputation for producing extremely powerful, highly reliable and realistic recoil kits. VirTra’s current line of ‘drop in’ recoil kits includes electronically controlled jamming capabilities that can be integrated with both pistols and rifles. While VirTra will continue to offer its current recoil kits, the company plans to leverage the Innotech patent portfolio and proprietary designs to further enhance and differentiate these products. A key enhancement and new feature for the recoil kits will include running out of ammunition – simulated by a slide that locks back after the trainee has fired the last round – and mechanical jamming that does not require batteries or electronics.
“One of the greatest challenges of simulation training, and one of the most crucial components in determining its efficacy, is the accurate and safe replication of live firearms,” explained VirTra CEO and Chairman, Bob Ferris. “Innotech’s technology, designs and know-how provide us with a unique opportunity to enhance the realism of our already industry-leading recoil kits. We’ve seen increasing demand from top firearm instructors for products that accurately simulate running out of ammunition and jamming and that can be used in the safe environment provided by simulation training. Ultimately, this technology strengthens our core business and overall competitive position as it provides us with patented enhanced abilities to meet the specific training needs of the military market and the additional training requirements of law enforcement.”
“When we created our unique innovations for drop-in recoil kits, our goal was to enhance the effectiveness of simulation training for police, military personnel or civilians. The combination of VirTra’s best-in-class recoil kit products with our industry-leading technology should result in the most realistic and reliable products in the market. Over the past 15 years, VirTra has built a reputation as the key innovator for effective simulation training, and I’m incredibly proud to have our intellectual property propel their efforts forward for the benefit of those who serve and protect,” added Tyler Tiberius of Tiberius Technology.