SUWANEE, Ga.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Meggitt Training Systems, the leading provider of integrated live-fire and virtual weapons training products and services for armed forces and law enforcement, is taking marksmanship to another level, literally, by equipping a two-story firing range in Ohio and a dual-use one in North Carolina.
Renovation of Parma Armory Firearms in Parma, Ohio began in July 2018 and was completed in April 2019. The privately owned, 45-foot firing range, located in a former US Army Reserve building, now features 21 custom stalls on two levels, only the second double-decker configuration in the country. The upper level is pistol rated, while the lower one is rifle rated. The state-of-the-art range is controlled by a Meggitt RangeMaster™ 10K, which combines wireless and touchscreen technologies for convenience and flexibility in range operations. Targets are provided by 14 XWT GEN4 wireless, 360-degree turning carriers and seven XWT ProImage® projected systems that provide gaming and entertainment imagery to help maximize revenue-generating range time. A 12-foot GranTrap™ granulated rubber bullet trap stops incoming rounds and captures them predominantly intact.
The all-new, 31,000-square-foot Haynes/Lacewell Police and Fire Training Facility in Wilmington, North Carolina broke ground in August 2018 and is expected to open in December 2019. The city-owned complex’s 10-lane firing range will include running man targets and Meggitt’s AA2 single turning target system, which improves live-fire training through unpredictable, fast-action presentation to shooters. The facility will accommodate 100-yard static and 25-yard tactical applications for maximum flexibility during a variety of long-range and close-quarters training exercises and scenarios. Meggitt’s Range Master 10K range control system and GranTrap bullet trap rated for .50-caliber rounds will be featured here as well. The facility’s large size and dual use for police and fire department officers make it a model for other jurisdictions contemplating investment to deliver similarly high levels of training.
“The new Meggitt-equipped Parma Armory and Haynes/Lacewell indoor ranges demonstrate the breadth of our product line, including shooting stalls, target systems, range control and bullet traps,” said Jon Read, Meggitt’s live-fire systems director. “Both are also noteworthy for their scale and sophistication: Parma as a double-decker range and Haynes/Lacewell for its flexibility as a dual-use tactical facility. From design and installation through training and support, our firing range customers count on more than nine decades of innovation to meet the most demanding requirements for performance and safety.”
About Meggitt Training Systems
Meggitt Training Systems, makers of FATS® and Caswell technologies, a division of Meggitt PLC, is the leading supplier of integrated live-fire and virtual weapons training systems. Following the acquisition of FATS® virtual training systems and Caswell International’s live-fire ranges and services, Meggitt Training Systems continues to grow its capabilities based on the legacy of these two industry leaders. Over 13,600 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 organizations.
Meggitt Training Systems employs more than 400 people at its headquarters in Atlanta and at facilities in Orlando, Canada, the United Kingdom, Netherlands, UAE, Australia and Singapore. It can deploy service personnel anywhere in the world for instructor training, system installation and maintenance.
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, employing nearly 11,000 people at more than 50 manufacturing facilities and regional offices worldwide.