Weapons Proficiency Training without Firing a Round
The MLRS-TESS provides munitions simulation for the M270/M270A1 MLRS and M142 HIMARS launchers. MLRS-TESS interfaces with the onboard Fire Control System (FCS) to provide crew cab fire control panel indications of simulated munitions. All operations are conducted using normal TTPs. Weapon faults require emergency action for realistic training. Loading and reloading is conducted when the vehicle is in stow.
The Launcher Instrumentation & Data Acquisition System (LIDAS) is used for operational testing of MLRS and HIMARS artillery systems. LIDAS provides real-time monitoring and simultaneous recording of the data buses and interface devices on the platform’s tactical system. LIDAS incorporates real-time data reduction and simulation to maximize the volume of data collected. LIDAS has been fielded to Germany, UK, France, Korea and Japan. All Live Fire training at the White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) requires LIDAS to be installed on the launchers.
The MLRS Family of Munitions (MFOM) MWSA1 Weapon Simulator is designed to simulate all munitions fired by the MLRS and HIMARS launchers. It operates in two modes. In tactical mode, the MWSA1 Weapon Simulator performs high fidelity simulation including tactical responses to all mode sequences executed during pre-launch and launch operations. The MWSA1 exercises the launcher’s tactical software and circuits in the same manner as a live round. In non-tactical mode, the MWSA1 provides the “Trainer” capability (also supported by the M68A2 Trainer) using the launcher’s non-tactical training software. The Trainer replicates the weapons interface to the crew, but does not activate the tactical interface.
The M68A2 Missile Launch Pod Assembly (MLPA) Trainer operates identical to the non-tactical mode of the MWSA1, functioning as a set of weapon and fault switches read by the launcher to determine which training software is executed. The M68A2 Trainer is a fielded U.S. Army Program of Record and an economical alternative to the MWSA1.
The M109A6 Paladin-TESS is an integrated simulation system that supports artillery weapons training without using ammunition. Crew members execute fire missions as they would in combat using normal Tactics, Techniques and Procedures (TTPs). Real-time monitoring of crew functions provides operator performance evaluation. Paladin-TESS links to other Live-Virtual-Constructive (LVC) simulations and operates with existing MILES training systems for force-on-force participation. System installation takes twenty minutes or less.
A Laser-based system desgined to conduct simulated Live Fire Weapon Engagements
The Improved Target Acquisition System-Tactical Engagement Simulation System Field Training System (ITAS-TESS FTS) provides the capability for the Warfighter to train with the TOW anti-tank weapon system and conduct weapon engagements using normal Tactics, Techniques and Procedures (TTPs). TOW engagements are adjudicated via MILES laser pairings. Training event data is passively collected and transmitted to the Mobile Command and Control (MCC) for real-time tracking and After Action Review (AAR).
The ITM replicates the size, weight, center of gravity, and handling of the actual TOW missile. Audible and visible indications of a weapons launch is simulated using an ATWESS pyrotechnics device.
The Instrumentation Player Unit (IPU) contains a central processor for MILES weapon engagements, and is also a target in Geometric Pairing engagements. RTCA is indicated visually by the Vehicle Kill Indicator (VKI) and audibly with a built-in alarm.
The Laser Module Unit (LMU) is comprised of a MILES Laser and an eye-safe boresight Laser. An LCD displays system status, BIT data, far target location, ammunition status, ARM and SAFE indications. The LMU retains boresight during movement over rough terrain and is easily verifiable to line-of-sight.