Meggitt Training Systems awarded $20 million UK small-arms training contracts
Meggitt Training Systems, the global leader in simulation and live-fire training systems, announces two contract awards from the UK Ministry of Defence (‘MoD’) worth approximately $20 million in total.
Meggitt Training Systems will manufacture and deliver 866 BlueFire® convertible wireless versions of the UK’s SA80 main infantry service rifle and its associated support equipment. In addition, Meggitt Training Systems will manufacture and deliver70 Sharpshooter rifles and associated system upgrades for the UK’s existing small-arms trainer, known as the Dismounted Close Combat Trainer (‘DCCT’).
The new convertible weapons will retain the same form and feel of fully functional rifles, replacing tether-only models supplied by Meggitt to the UK in the 1990s. The models will be enhanced by Meggitt’s wireless technology and rechargeable batteries for extended marksmanship training.
Commenting on the contract award, Jeff Murphy, President, Meggitt Training Systems said:
‘The SA80 and Sharpshooter contracts continue to strengthen Meggitt Training Systems’ long-standing relationship with UK Ministry of Defence. Precise marksmanship training using realistic weapon simulators is essential for mission success and a vital part of the UK’s Future Integrated Soldier Technology modernisation initiative.’
Meggitt’s FATS® DCCT has been the UK MoD’s primary small-arms training system since 2003. Meggitt delivered the first of 154 DCCTs to the British Army in 2003. Similar systems are in service in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and other countries across the Middle East and Asia-Pacific regions.
The BlueFire SA80s will be used throughout the UK and selected overseas locations. The Sharpshooter weapons and related deliverables will be fielded on 59 upgraded systems.
For further information contact:
Adrian Bunn, Investor Relations, Tel: +44 (0)1202 597867
Fiona Greig, Corporate Communications, Tel: +44 (0)1202 597587
Meggitt Training Systems
Meggitt Training Systems is the leading supplier of integrated live fire and simulation weapons training systems supporting military, defense and security forces, federal and international law enforcement agencies, large metropolitan training academies, thousands of police departments, ammunition and firearms manufacturers and commercial shooting range owners.
Headquartered in the United Kingdom, this international group operates in North America, Europe and Asia. Known for its specialised extreme environment engineering, Meggitt is a world leader in aerospace, defence and energy. Meggitt employs approximately 12,000 people at over 40 manufacturing facilities and regional offices worldwide.