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Posted August 19 , 2021

 

WASHINGTON — For the first time ever, a U.S. Air Force T-38 aircraft will be equipped with an augmented reality training system that allows it to fight against simulated Russian and Chinese fighters displayed inside a pilot’s helmet.

The Air Force has awarded Florida-based technology company Red 6 a contract worth up to $70 million during its five-year performance period, the company announced Monday morning.

During that time, Red 6 will integrate an airborne tactical augmented reality system with the Northrop T-38 Talon used to train combat pilots, followed by integrating ATARS on board fourth-generation aircraft such as the F-16.

Red 6 CEO Daniel Robinson said in an exclusive interview with Defense News that the ATARS-equipped T-38 could be ready to begin flight tests anywhere from six to 12 months from now.

“It’s a big, bold vision,” Robinson said, “but I think a big, bold vision is quickly becoming a reality.” “I think over the next 12 months, you’re going to witness something that no one can deny that is totally transformative.”


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