The companies have agreed to collaborate to explore advanced AR training capability integration on Hawk fast jet trainers.
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BAE Systems has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Red 6, aimed at integrating the Advanced Tactical Augmented Reality Systems (ATARS) onto the Hawk fast jet trainer aircraft.
The MOU, which was signed at I/ITSEC 2022 — one of the world’s largest training and simulation exhibitions held in Florida — is expected to enable pilots to identify, engage and defeat virtual threats and cooperate with virtual wingmen.
The collaboration involves leveraging BAE Systems’ experience in delivering training to military forces, as well as its production of helmet-mounted displays with Red 6’s ATARS technology.
Lucy Walton, head of training, BAE Systems’ air sector, said the project would drive aircraft training innovation in a rapidly changing technological environment.
“The modern battlespace is becoming increasingly complex and contested and integrating technology such as Red 6’s augmented reality with the Hawk aircraft is key as we prepare pilots for life in a fast jet cockpit for decades to come,” Walton said.
“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.”
Daniel Robinson, founder and CEO of Red 6, stressed the importance of preparing warfighters for combat against modern 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,” he said.
The Hawk trainer is designed to prepare pilots for the cockpit of advanced fighter aircraft including Typhoons and F-35s, as well as future platforms like the Tempest.
The Hawk is tipped to expedite the transition from basic training to the frontline operations.