Meggitt Training Systems has announced the launch of test and evaluation with the Gwinnett County (GA) Sheriff's Office for Meggitt Training Systems' FATS 300LE. The FATS 300LE immersive virtual training system delivers virtual scenarios that train police officers in the split-second, use-of-force evaluations and de-escalation tactics they need to deploy in real-world situations.

"We are pleased to work with the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office and provide them the opportunity to use the FATS 300LE, the next-generation immersive virtual training system. The FATS 300LE will help their officers improve their reaction times under simulated dangerous situations, sharpening their judgment and decision-making skills," said Matt Cunningham, Director of Virtual Systems, Meggitt Training Systems.

"This new system will be instrumental in training our deputies to successfully handle the wide range of situations they face in the field. This is a win-win for our deputies and our community," says Sheriff Butch Conway.

The FATS 300LE includes five, free-standing flat screens, each with 150"x84" borderless projection surfaces arranged in a hexagonal format that creates a 300-degree virtual environment. A small entrance area completes the 360-degree circle.

The FATS 300LE's powerful software engine can support up to 20 simulated law enforcement weapons systems concurrently, including rifles, pistols, machine guns, and non-lethal deterrents like a TASER or pepper spray. The system syncs seamlessly with Meggitt's wireless BlueFire simulated weapons – with the form, fit, and function of a live weapon, including realistic recoil when fired. The system tracks weapon movement to provide trainers with detailed information for post-action reports.

Through its ability to replicate many different real-world situations, from domestic family disputes and traffic stops to school shootings, the FATS 300LE provides an advanced training solution to improve the way law enforcement professionals react and perform in stressful and life-threatening situations.

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