The Hawk is set to receive augmented reality technology, under an MOU signed by BAE Systems and Red 6. (BAE Systems)
BAE Systems is developing augmented reality (AR) to enhance the training value of its Hawk advanced jet trainer (AJT), the company announced on 30 November.
For the project, BAE Systems has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Red 6, an AR technology firm specialising in synthetic air combat training.
“BAE Systems will collaborate with Red 6 to explore the integration of the Advanced Tactical Augmented Reality Systems (ATARS) onto the Hawk,” the announcement said. “This will enable pilots to identify, engage, and defeat virtual threats and co-operate with virtual wingmen whilst airborne.”
As said by BAE Systems, the collaboration will explore ways to combine its experience in delivering training to military forces alongside its expertise with Striker helmet-mounted displays used on Eurofighter Typhoon and Saab Gripen combat aircraft, with Red 6's ATARS technology.
“Working with Red 6 takes this capability a step further for the pilots of tomorrow, by bringing constructed adversaries, wingmen, and surface threats into the training space at a fraction of the cost and emissions of the live equivalent,” the company said.