Meggitt, a leading international company specialising in components and sub-systems for aerospace, defence and energy markets announces that Meggitt Training Systems has won an AUD$29M (USD$30.8M) contract with the Australian Defence Force (ADF) to operate and maintain the primary small and supporting arms simulation training centres known as WTSS (Weapon Training Simulation System) facilities.
Created to train soldiers, sailors and airmen in the rules of engagement, judgment, marksmanship and indirect fire, the WTSS programme, which includes Indirect Fire Forward Air Control (I-FACT™) and Indirect Fire Training (IFT) systems, is provided exclusively by Meggitt Training Systems. It builds on a decade of supply to the ADF of systems, weapons, software, courseware, systems operation, maintenance and site management. Overall, Meggitt has a significant profile in Australia, with an estimated 90% share of the market in dismounted virtual weapons training.
The operations and maintenance contract, running from July 2011 to June 2016, follows an original award in 1999. Coordinated from Meggitt’s facility in Albury, New South Wales, Meggitt Training Systems will provide operations and maintenance for 18 sites located at major troop locations in every state and territory throughout Australia. The contract will be supported by around 70 Meggitt personnel.
Ronald Vadas, President of Meggitt Training Systems commented: “This contract award reflects ten years supporting the ADF’s training vision with innovative training and simulation systems. They will continue to be backed up by our highly experienced trainers—mostly ex-service personnel—who know how to maximise the skills, knowledge and behaviours needed for success on the modern battlefield.”
For further information contact:
Richard Cashin, Investor Relations, Meggitt PLC
Tel: 01202 597867
Charles Ryland, Jeremy Garcia and Helen Chan
Tel: 020 7466 5000
About Meggitt Training Systems
Meggitt Training Systems, makers of FATS® and Caswell technologies, is the leading supplier of integrated live-fire and virtual weapons training systems, unmanned land and sea vehicles, aerial targets and electronic scoring systems. Over 10,000 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 organisations.
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.
Meggitt Training Systems is a business unit in Meggitt’s Equipment Group division.
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, defense and energy. Meggitt employs over 10,000 people at more than 30 manufacturing facilities and regional offices worldwide.