Meggitt Training Systems recently completed the joint final inspection and final physical configuration audit for the US Marine Corps’ (USMC) next-generation, small-arms trainer. Completion of these tests confirms that Meggitt has met all Program-of-Record (POR) requirements set forth by the Program Manager for Training Systems to deliver the Indoor Simulated Marksmanship Trainer (ISMT) to US Marine Corps units worldwide.
“The completion of the ISMT testing marks a significant milestone in a long-standing relationship between the USMC and Meggitt,” Jeff Murphy, President, Meggitt Training Systems, said. "Meggitt has commenced installation of the first systems and new weapons, which are fully compatible with the Marines’ existing arsenal of simulated weapons and Marine Corps Operating Concept.”
Meggitt was originally awarded the $39 million, five-year Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contract in 2014. System deliveries will occur during the next 18 months at locations worldwide. As a certified POR, ISMT will train new and experienced Marines in marksmanship, collective scenarios and judgmental video scenarios. Each mode provides critical training based on the skill level of the individual or unit.
“ISMT will deliver a more efficient and realistic training experience,” Meggitt ISMT Program Manager Kathleen Wilson, explained. “This includes the full integration of existing weapon types, as well as adoption of future simulators using Meggitt’s BlueFire wireless technology.”
Meggitt’s scalable and robust open-architecture system allows ready integration of Meggitt and third-party training modules and will accommodate evolutions in fidelity and graphic complexity for greater realism. Current Meggitt architecture facilitates enhanced 3D marksmanship, with an intelligent automatic coaching application on a wireless tablet, enabling trainers to provide better and more effective guidance for their training budget.