About ACTS


A Leader in Air Combat Training & Range Systems

Leonardo DRS provides test and training systems that combine state-of-the art range instrumentation with advanced weapon simulation capabilities to provide a realistic, high fidelity simulated combat environment to pilots prior to actual combat.

Our training systems include integrated ground based electronic warfare (EW) emitters, display and debrief subsystems, airborne external pods, and avionics that are scalable from individual one on one training events to force on force engagements anywhere on the globe; providing fully immersive air combat environments for the worlds air forces, adversary aircraft, and lead-in fighter pilot training aircraft.

Legacy / Heritage

AIMS CATM-7 Airborne Training SimulatorProviding dependable Air Combat Training Systems for over 60 years.

The Air Combat Training and Range Systems business began in 1957 as Metric Systems Corporation.  In 2004, Metric Systems was purchased by DRS Technologies, now Leonardo DRS, and now has more than 60 years of innovating electronic warfare pilot and aircrew training systems. Over these years, we leveraged our core RF/IR/UV technology and experience to meet training solutions for emerging warfighter requirements, resulting in delivering and supporting over 5,000 airborne test and training systems worldwide.


ACTS ManufacturingHeadquartered in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, this division employs more than 300 engineers, craftsmen, and specialists in six modern plants that occupy more than 175,000 square feet. These level-three certified facilities include product development, assembly, manufacturing, engineering, laboratory, and test departments.

The Fort Walton Beach facility achieved and maintains a quality management system certified as AS 9100C and ISO 9001:2008; and also maintains a CMMI maturity level 3 for systems, software & hardware engineering.

Custom-Tailored Support & Services

Leonardo DRS provides comprehensive operations and maintenance support for Air Combat Training Systems (ACTS) to ensure maximum availability and reliability. Support and services are tailored to meet your requirements from a total turnkey system to any level of field/depot support and include:

  • On-site maintenance of all airborne and ground-based system components
  • Loading of ACTS external and internal instrumentation on all aircraft in support of each squadron’s daily flying schedule
  • Operation of all pre-mission set-up and post-mission debriefing activities
  • Complete depot support