published : 2023-09-30

Next-gen fighter pilot helmets to give U.S. aviators training edge

Red 6 combines augmented reality and artificial intelligence to train pilots

A fighter pilot wearing a Next-gen helmet during training simulations, taken with the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III

Training a single fighter pilot could cost the Air Force over $10 million.

However, one company is using augmented reality headsets with AI to give U.S. airmen an edge.

Visors that allow pilots to simulate dogfights while they're actually flying will provide the U.S. military with a transformational advantage.

According to a former Air Force aviator, these next-generation fighter pilot helmets will revolutionize training.

Dan Robinson, CEO of military tech company Red 6, explains that by combining the power of AI and augmented reality, it becomes possible to create synthetic worlds that are dynamic and realistic.

This breakthrough technology enables representative training at scale, outdoors, in dynamic environments.

This is a game-changer for the Air Force and how they approach pilot training.

An augmented reality display showing digital bogies and friendlies, providing a realistic training experience, taken with the Nikon D850

Artificial intelligence capabilities integrated into Red 6 helmets allow aviators to see digital bogies and friendlies, enhancing their training experience.

Robinson believes that using augmented reality and AI-powered combat simulations will enable fighter pilots to train more frequently and effectively against relevant threats.

The cost-effective nature of this technology addresses the problem of inadequate training at scale.

The Air Force spends millions of dollars to train fighter pilots, and this new approach offers a solution.

Red 6's advanced tactical augmented reality system displays simulated aerial threats, allies, refueling missions, and combat situations.

The integration of Red 6 technology into T-38 test flights has already shown promising results.

Further demonstrations with Red 6 technology are planned for 2023.

Red 6 CEO, Dan Robinson, demonstrating the advanced tactical augmented reality system, taken with the Sony Alpha a7 III

The goal is to create a training environment where pilots can practice real-life scenarios with adversaries provided at scale, frequency, and relevancy.

Augmented reality planes in the sky become a reality with Red 6's technology.

The optical system inside the latest generation of helmets is a significant breakthrough.

These technical advancements have amazed former pilots.

This next-generation technology has the potential to transform the training landscape for fighter pilots, making it more efficient, immersive, and cost-effective.