A Belgian supplier of tactical equipment and training for European military and police units are in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, to introduce a new, innovative interactive, moving target system for the first time in the Untied States.
Jean Nicodeme and Els Fallein, managing directors for Falcon Tactical Solutions, a tactical weapons and supply company, based in Beemen, Belgium, will unveil the Secotron interactive, smart target system, during an open house and demonstration, Wednesday, 9 AM, to 3:30 PM., at the Gettysburg, Pa., headquarters of Tripwire Operations Group. Tripwire is an international company, which provides customized military weapons, bomb detection and neutralization training to military, law enforcement and first responders.
Nicodeme and Fallein, along with Joris Kerckhof, Inspector of the Belgium Federal Police Dog Support Unit, in Brussels, and Tripwire, are co-sponsoring the live demonstration of the training system, (click this link to view video of military and law enforcement personnel using Secotron Target System). Kerckhof is the International Program Manager for Tripwire.
Nicodeme, a retired captain, with 20 years experience with the Belgium Federal Police, in Brussels; and Kerckhof, who formerly worked as a patrol dog handler in the Brussels Subway Unit, one of the sites attacked by terrorists, last week; along with Fallein, are installing the interactive Secotron iTE410 and iTE400 movable smart targets to demonstrate how Belgium and other European military and police forces are trained to clear a building occupied by an unknown number of armed suspects, without harming hostages or unarmed civilians being held in a structure. The demonstrations will include Force on Force training ammunition fired from standard issue police handguns.
Any small arms weapons can be adapted to fire Force on Force training ammunition. The lead-free training ammunition is a realistic alternative to using live fire rounds for indoor training scenarios, Nicodeme said. The ammunition provides a “robust recoil and function” that delivers “appropriate pain penalties” during training. Force on Force ammunition is similar to paint gun pellets, except they are specifically designed to be fired from law enforcement duty pistols.
“Secotron was developed to provide more realistic training and interaction with moving targets,” Fallein said. “It is composed of small, battery-powered electric, programmable targets, which can be used with real ammo or training ammo. The targets can pop up and turn, and they react to the shooter, detecting whether the shots have hit or missed the targets.”
Designed for indoor or outdoor training scenarios, the equipment is adaptable for multiple training scenarios, such as a shoot house; CQB, (close quarters battle); mouth villages training facilities; and in other confined places, Nicodeme said. The wireless, remote-controlled targets can be programmed via a USB-connection to a computer for hit detection, sensitivity, reaction and other training parameters.
“Targets may be programmed to react to other targets to provide changing situational scenarios,” Nicodeme said. “The system is designed to to teach police and military to be alert to their surroundings, and can be used in combinations with lights going on or off, or explosions, and other situational elements. The training supervisor can also interact and change the target responses during a training session. The Secotron system was developed by a German company in 2012.”
While the target training system has been used by German, Belgium, French and other European Union military and civilian police forces for several years, this is the first time it is being made available to U.S., military and police units, said Ryan Morris, CEO of Tripwire. The Belgian army and federal police use the system for CQB training.
“When personnel enter an active shooter situation, they need to be trained to use a 360-degree focus,” Nicodeme said. “They may not see other problems—armed suspects or unarmed civilians; and they must improve their observational skills.”
The state-of-the-art target equipment can be used for small arms, anti-vehicle and other scenarios, Morris said. Instructors control each scenario, and may choose to change target-interaction at any time. Targets may also be operated manually.