Santa Monica, California-based technology company Red 6 has won a potential five-year, $70 million contract to integrate its Airborne Tactical Augmented Reality System into the U.S. Air Force T-38 Talon trainer aircraft.
The company said Monday it will also equip a fourth-generation military aircraft with AR technology after completing T-38 integration work under the sole-source Small Business Innovation Research Phase III award.
ATARS features a stereo headset intended to operate with a flight helmet visor and produces air combat scenarios such as a dogfight against an artificial intelligence enemy.
Winston Bennett of the airman systems directorate in the Air Force’s warfighter interactions and readiness division said the company-built technology has the potential to address training challenges.
“Innovation within training is needed now more than ever to remain competitive with our adversaries,” Bennett added.
Daniel Robinson, CEO of Red 6, said the partnership with the branch seeks to bring “an extraordinary increase to readiness, proficiency, training capacity and capability.”