Red 6 wins $70M contract to integrate augmented reality on USAF T-38 Talon

USAF T38 Talon augmented reality
USAF T-38 Talon trainer jet will receive a synthetic air combat system.

Florida-based company Red 6, which specializes in developing synthetic air combat systems, has been awarded a $70 million contract to equip a U.S. Air Force T-38 Talon trainer aircraft with augmented reality. The deal was announced by the company on Monday, which plans to spread the funding for the project over five years.

Red 6 has developed a system that allows users within relevant environments (e.g., airborne flight training, air-to-air refueling, etc.) to observe and interact with synthetically generated entities superimposed on the flight helmet visor. “Red 6 is ushering in a new era of training, and with the support of the U.S. Air Force, we aim to deliver an extraordinary increase to readiness, proficiency, training capacity, and capability,” said Daniel Robinson, Founder and CEO of Red 6.

Red 6's technology aims to support the USAF to train warfighters more effectively and efficiently to win future conflicts. “Innovation within training is needed now more than ever to remain competitive with our adversaries,” said Dr. Winston Bennett, Airman Systems Directorate, Warfighter Interactions and Readiness Division, U.S. Air Force. “Red 6 is delivering a solution to current pain points in training, that if fixed, could solve several national security issues we face today,” continued Bennett.

Red 6 will begin integration into a T-38 Talon immediately and will be followed by integration onto a fourth generation operational and training aircraft, such as the F-16 Fighting Falcon.

“I couldn’t be more excited for our future warfighters, as the adoption of the Red 6 technology will dramatically improve the quality of training that they will receive. We owe it to them to continue to innovate so they remain the best trained and best equipped warfighters in the world,” stated Robinson.

Written by Matteo Sanzani
Source: Red 6
Image: USAF

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