PIAP Mobi Target – Advanced Shooting Training System
Smalls arms training activities involving soldiers or Police officers must be both quantitatively, as well as qualitatively sufficient. The above means that shooting static targets would not be enough, as engagements on the move, involving physical effort and stress are also an important part of the training. In some situations one needs to discriminate the threats among other targets – cooperation with the squad members also bears a critical meaning.
Advanced firearms training involving the aforelisted elements may be enhanced by simulation and training systems, dedicated for this purpose. Robotized mobile target systems can be listed among the interesting solutions that make it possible to differentiate the shooting scenarios and involve squad tactics training in ordinary shooting range activities. The robotized solutions listed above have advantages such as mobility, interactivity, as well as the ability to provide real-time feedback to the shooter. What’s even more important, employment of solutions as such does not necessarily translate into a need to carry out training infrastructure investment. One can also use systems as such in-field, or even at facilities without any technical infrastructure and utilities whatsoever.
PIAP Mobi Target is one of the available systems of this class. It is offered by the Łukasiewicz Research Network – Industrial Research Institute for Automation and Measurements – PIAP. Despite the fact that those who know similar solutions may associate it with equivalent systems offered by Marathon Target, the Polish offering shall not be perceived as a copy of the said product. Obviously, some solutions bear a certain degree of similarity, as all of the training systems as such, available on the market and designed for training are alike – they use armoured, robotized wheeled platforms transporting 3D mannequins resembling a human silhouette.
PIAP Mobi-Target is an original solution developed over the last 3 years by Łukasiewicz – PIAP (originating in 2017). The product has been designed within the framework of a project co-financed by the National Centre For Research and Development. During the said undertaking, the Institute made use of its broad EXPERTise related to land robotic platforms. Some elements of the company’s portfolio (such as the operator’s panel) were used, alongside entirely new solutions (hit detection systems).