About Air Combat Training Systems

About Us

Preparing Air Combat Pilots for Real World Conflict


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 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 around the globe. 

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 experience innovating electronic warfare pilot and aircrew training systems. Over these years, we leveraged our core RF/IR/UV technology 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 Aerospace Standard (AS) 9100 and International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001; and also maintains a Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) maturity level 3 for systems, software & hardware engineering.