BAE Systems will collaborate with Red 6, an augmented reality technology firm at the forefront of synthetic air combat training, to explore the integration of the Advanced Tactical Augmented Reality Systems (ATARS) onto the Hawk fast jet trainer aircraft.

This will enable pilots to identify, engage and defeat virtual threats and co-operate with virtual wingmen whilst airborne.

BAE Systems has signed a memorandum of understanding with Red 6, which will allow them to explore ways to combine BAE Systems’ experience in delivering training to military forces alongside its expertise in helmet-mounted displays with Red 6’s breakthrough ATARS technology.

Complex and contested battlespace

Lucy Walton, Head of Training, BAE Systems’ air sector, said: “The modern battlespace is becoming increasingly complex and contested and integrating technology such as Red 6’s augmented reality with the Hawk aircraft is is key as we prepare pilots for life in a fast jet cockpit for decades to come.

“We’re trusted by armed forces around the world to train over 450 pilots per year and it’s essential we have the right technologies and partnerships to ensure they stay ahead of the curve. We’re really excited to combine our unique insight from working alongside air forces across the globe with the truly game-changing capabilities of Red 6.”

Readiness and lethality

Daniel Robinson, Founder and CEO of Red 6, said: “Readiness and lethality are critical if our war fighters are to prevail against near peer adversaries.

“I’m thrilled that BAE Systems recognises the radical innovation that ATARS brings to drive the change in military flight training that is so desperately needed and that together can help drive this transformational shift.”
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