B&W Pantex training simulator featured on national television
AMARILLO, Texas, MAY 4, 2012B&W Pantex uses cutting-edge technology to maintain the readiness of its world-class security force. That effort attracted national media attention in December when Fox News featured a story on the Firearms Training Simulator (FTS) - a one-of-a-kind facility used to train Pantex Security Police Officers in the use of weapons and tactics.
A crew from Fox visited the plant and filmed ongoing training in the FTS. Fox ran the story on the FTS three times on their national news broadcasts with live introductions from the correspondent. The segment included interviews with Pantex Site Office Manager Steve Erhart and Capt. David Smith, who manages the FTS.
"B&W Pantex is committed to providing our Security Force with the best training and equipment available," said B&W Pantex General Manager John Woolery. "The Firearms Training Simulator represents the best use of available technologies to sustain our training edge."
The Pantex FTS facility was the first of its kind in the NNSA enterprise when it was established in 2005. It allows officers to train with functional weapons while refining tactics and movement in simulated battles on an accurate representation of the terrain at Pantex. The facility has more than paid for itself in cost avoidance, saving more than $10 million in ammunition costs alone since 2007, and provides the added benefit of reduced training injuries.