US Air Force aviators will soon be training in the air against virtual enemies, generated by an augmented reality display in their visors. Baptized Airborne Tactical Augmented Reality System, this device will equip the T-38, before being implemented on the F-16.
How do fighter pilots train before their often very perilous missions? Currently there are two solutions. Or they practice in the sky on an authentic plane with training partners, who can also be, or they use a simulator on the ground with virtual enemies.
At the house of , we decided to offer a mix of the two solutions with the arrival of augmented reality with the Airborne Tactical Augmented Reality System (Atars). What is behind this name? Quite simply a helmet that allows you to see the real world, but also images embedded inside the visor.
Beyond placing enemies on radar, it is above all a matter of allowing the pilot to see them. “Much of our work as combat pilots takes place beyond visual range, that is, at a distance at which the , former F-22 Raptor pilot and founder of Red 6. At about 10 nautical miles, a pilot is able to see an actual airplane outside of his plane. But if these adversaries are virtual, and simulated only on the radar, the pilot obviously has nothing to do in front of him. “planes can see threats, but where the pilot is not able to physically see them with his eyes,
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Soon on the F-16
The solution therefore consists in using thein the pilot’s field of vision to allow him to see the outside world, but also images of virtual planes that are not actually in the sky. These synthetic planes are piloted either by artificial intelligence or by a real pilot on the ground.
Before considering equipping the legendary F-16s, the first aircraft compatible with this system will be a T-38, used by theand the and the objective is not only to train against enemies, since it is also designed to intercept , or carry out a refueling. And there are scenarios where the pilot must combine several different missions, and augmented reality obviously makes it possible to simplify his tasks, while avoiding additional costs.