BAE to Integrate Advanced Augmented Reality into Hawk Trainer Aircraft

BAE Systems has entered into a collaborative agreement with American technology firm Red 6 to integrate advanced tactical augmented reality systems into Hawk fast jet trainer aircraft.

The system would enable pilots to effectively identify, engage, and defeat simulated threats and cooperate with virtual wingmen during training.

It would also help prepare the “pilots of tomorrow” by bringing constructed adversaries, wingmen, and surface threats into the training space.

According to BAE Systems official Lucy Walton, the modern battlespace is becoming increasingly complex, so integrating advanced augmented reality systems into the Hawk trainer aircraft is a crucial step in future-proofing military pilots.

“We’re trusted by armed forces around the world to train over 450 pilots per year and it’s essential we have the right technologies and partnerships to ensure they stay ahead of the curve,” she added.

Hawk aircraft
The Hawk aircraft is designed to train “pilots of tomorrow.” Photo: BAE Systems

‘A Flying Classroom’

Boeing’s Hawk aircraft features cutting-edge simulation systems designed to train pilots in a fast jet cockpit similar to the one installed on Typhoons and F-35s.

It has a high-performance control system and a wide-field-of-view, heads-up display that allows pilots to select virtual weapons and initiate a simulated attack.

Additionally, the Hawk has advanced radars with 10 air-to-surface and air-to-ground modes for navigation fixing and weapons aiming.

Referred to as a “flying classroom,” the trainer aircraft has reportedly introduced more than 25,000 military pilots to the frontline.

“Readiness and lethality are critical if our war fighters are to prevail against near peer adversaries,” Red 6 chief executive officer Daniel Robinson said.

“I’m thrilled that BAE Systems recognizes the radical innovation that [advanced tactical augmented reality systems] bring to drive the change in military flight training that is so desperately needed and that together can help drive this transformational shift.”

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