DESCRIPTION:

The Engagement Skills Trainer (EST) is designed to simulate live weapon training events that directly support individual and crew-served weapons qualification, including collective and escalation-of-force exercises in a controlled environment. It provides detailed feedback to the individual fire team/squad that covers the fundamentals of marksmanship, fire control and distribution of fires.

EST provides the capability to build and sustain individual marksmanship, squad and team fire distribution, and control and judgmental use-of-force skills using computer-generated imagery and video. Home station and deploying units use EST to maintain skills when they are not able to conduct live-fire training. EST marksmanship qualification standards and collective scenarios are validated by the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command.

BENEFIT TO THE WARFIGHTER

EST supports ground combat readiness as the Army’s virtual Basic Rifle Marksmanship training system. It provides individual marksmanship, small-unit (collective) gunnery, and tactical training and judgmental use of force (Shoot/Don’t Shoot), which includes escalation-of-force/graduated response scenarios.

SPECIFICATIONS

Weapon system capabilities include:
  • Small arms (pistol, rifle, carbine and grenade launcher) simulators
  • Medium, crew-served weapons (M240B and M249 semi-automatic weapon) simulators
  • Shoulder-fired munition (AT4 and M141 bunker-defeating munition) simulators
  • Heavy machine gun (M2 and MK-19) simulators
The EST II system contract was recently awarded, and improved capabilities include:
  • Moving-eye point (allows Soldiers to maneuver through a virtual battlespace scenario)
  • Greater ballistic accuracy
  • Higher quality 3D graphics
  • 15 lanes (vs. 10 lanes)
  • Tablets for roving intelligent tutoring and After Action Review capability

PROGRAM STATUS

  • 3QFY14: Base award
  • 1QFY15: System Readiness Review
  • 3QFY15: Preliminary Design Review
  • 4QFY15: Critical Design Review

PROJECTED ACTIVITIES

  • 3QFY16: Prototype evaluation
  • 1QFY17-2QFY19: Technical Refresh EST systems

FOREIGN MILITARY SALES

None

CONTRACTORS

  • EST II: Meggitt Training Systems (Suwanee, GA)
  • EST: Cubic Global Defense (San Diego, CA)

PEO

PEO-STRI