BAE Systems will collaborate with Red 6 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 cooperate with virtual wingmen.
BAE Systems has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Red 6, an AR technology firm focused on synthetic air combat training. The collaboration will 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.
The companies made the announcement at I/ITSEC 2022 in Orlando, Florida.
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 key as we prepare pilots for life in a fast-jet cockpit.”
BAE trains more than 450 pilots a year. "We’re trusted by armed forces around the world and it’s essential we have the right technologies and partnerships to ensure they stay ahead of the curve,” added Walton.
Daniel Robinson, Founder and CEO of Red 6, said: “Readiness and lethality are critical if our warfighters 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.”