As we move toward the third decade of the 21st century, small arms training faces new challenges. In the military theatre, troops must rely on realistic training to win where a more complex battlefield is evolving that will test the preparedness of ground forces. Similarly, law enforcement at all levels must contend with unprecedented issues such as use-of-force and active shooters.
In response to this situation, Montreal-based Meggitt Training Systems Quebec (MTSQ), a division of Meggitt Training Systems, remains the only fully integrated training systems company in the industry, designing, building and delivering small arms training simulators, combined with live-fire field range and indoor range solutions.
Thus, Meggitt is the Canadian Armed Forces Program of Record for Small Arms Trainers, Forward Observer and 81mm Mortar Trainers, as well as all in-country, in-service support. Meggitt also has a nearly 20-year relationship with the Canadian Army in the provision of training for armoured fighting vehicle trainers. The Royal Canadian Air Force and Royal Canadian Navy and allied forces, as well as provincial and municipal law enforcement organizations, further rely on Meggitt’s virtual and live-fire technologies.
This leadership finds its genesis in acquisitions made by Meggitt PLC, a UK-based global engineering company. The company acquired both Caswell International, a pioneer in live-fire target systems, and Firearms Training Systems (FATS), Inc., the leader in advanced small arms simulation.
In 2008, Meggitt integrated these technologies into the first, one-stop training systems provider, giving military and law enforcement agencies one name to remember for small arms readiness. The company also has expertise in turnkey design and installation of shooting ranges for defence, law enforcement and commercial purposes.
Based on this solid core, MTSQ continues to roll out innovations: The world’s most advanced military simulator, FATS100MIL, and its correspondent in the law enforcement market, the FATS100LE. Enhanced portability virtual trainers for armoured vehicles. Wireless technology, enabling the unique BlueFire virtual weapons system that matches current weaponry with untethered weapons in form, fit and function, and the XWT Next-Generation Wireless Target Carrier, which brings new realism to live-fire targetry. And there is much more on the horizon in response to customer requirements.
Through advanced engineering that is responsive to the needs of trainees and instructors, Meggitt Training Systems Quebec is helping to ensure preparedness for Canada’s military and law enforcement small arms users.