Leonardo and Varjo are joining forces to enhance the capability of Leonardo’s aircraft training devices through mixed reality technology from Varjo.

Leonardo provides military pilot training and services for maintainers and operators with its advanced digital devices developed for the entire aircraft products portfolio. Leonardo’s training capabilities use proprietary methods, simulation systems, and Live, Virtual, Constructive (LVC) learning environments, in addition to comprehensive classroom and computer-based training programs.

Starting from Varjo’s latest XR-3 Focal Edition headset, first utilized by Leonardo’s Smart Chair for training scenarios of future-generation aircraft, the agreement will see Leonardo develop next-generation immersive training solutions that leverage Varjo headsets for multiple use cases across the pilot training curriculum. Leonardo and Varjo will work in close partnership to drive innovation and develop solutions that meet the rigorous demands of Leonardo’s customers.

“Leonardo Simulation & Training experience, coupled with advanced Varjo technology, will allow our products to increase pilots’ training experience, bringing it into a more immersive environment,” added Giuseppe Pietroniro, “both within the specific Customer training pipelines and within the scope of International Flight Training School, granting the continuous technological innovation rate offered by the Campus.”

“With the superior visual precision enabled by the new Varjo XR-3 Focal Edition, trainees can be engaged in mixed reality training that replicates real-life conditions by operating physical avionics, controls, and dashboards while flying in a fully virtual environment. We will continue working closely with Leonardo in developing best-in-class XR solutions for future pilot training,” said Joachim Dekker, VP of Sales, EMEA and APAC, at Varjo.

The current procedural training device is based on a multi-touch screen and Visual Display System for simulators, both of which will be replaced by Varjo’s mixed reality headsets.

Leonardo is introducing these new technologies within its devices and is already looking to future challenges.