Red 6 to land major US Air Force contract

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Red 6, pioneer of the Airborne Tactical Augmented Reality System for training military pilots, is working to solve a crucial problem for the US Air Force

Quick read

➨ The work is for the integration of ATARS into the US Air Force’s T-38 Talon jet training programme
➨ ATARS enables pilots to engage in simulated dog fights with synthetic enemies, during real flights
➨ Red 6 has worked with the US Air Force for several years, securing two SBIR grants worth a combined $1.6 million and several other investments taking its total raised to almost $6 million

The story

Red 6, developer of the Airborne Tactical Augmented Reality System (ATARS), is looking to step up its partnership the US Air Force.

US-based Red 6 is discussing the integration of ATARS into the US Air Force’s T-38 Talon jet training programme.

ATARS enables pilots to engage in simulated dog fights with synthetic enemies, during real flights. The visor-based, remote augmented reality system complements other training methods by giving pilots the opportunity to train against near-peer threats outdoors, on a scale yet to be achieved.

Daniel Robinson, founder and chief executive officer of Red 6, was a pilot for the Royal Air Force (RAF) who attended the UK’s equivalent to the US Navy’s Top Gun training school and was the first non-American fighter pilot to fly the F-22 Raptor.

When he founded Red 6 with Nick Bicanic and Glenn Snyder, he wanted to be able to “produce pilots quickly, more effectively and who are more experienced”.

Red 6 has enjoyed a period of close cooperation with the US Air Force, and received two SBIR grants worth a combined $1.6 million. Several other investments take its total raised to almost $6 million.

“With our system,” Robinson says, “pilots can experience cognitive load, the real stresses and strains of flight. And this hybrid solution brings virtual simulations into the real world, so pilots can train against any near-peer threat we want.”

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Image: Red 6 founders Glenn Snyder, Daniel Robinson and Nick Bicanic

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