Lockheed Martin, Korea Aerospace Industries, and Red 6 announced today that they have begun developing engineering solutions and a technology roadmap to establish a path for Red 6’s Advanced Tactical Augmented Reality System (ATARS) implementation into the T-50 platform and associated ground-based training systems.
A T-50 demonstration and the Red 6 ATARS technology, which is electronically networked with the Lockheed Martin Prepar3D software simulation suite, are part of the initial technology integration. With the help of an early technical solution, Lockheed Martin and Red 6 gain more practice integrating simulations that may later be used as embedded training for the T-50 programme and ground-based training systems.
ATARS is an all-domain, multi-node augmented reality (AR) system that offers several users a full-featured outdoor synthetic training environment. Red 6 technology enables pilots to enter realistic, scalable in range and ratio, secure, simulated training environments while airborne in the most dynamic of outdoor environments, allowing them to experience the cognitive loads of physically flying airplanes while capturing the value of synthetics.
Burnett noted that the T-50 programme is still in demand on a global scale. For three upcoming missions—tactical training, adversary air support, and tactical fighter surrogate—Lockheed Martin has submitted the TF-50A variant to the U.S. Air Force’s trainer programme. With further upgrades like as radar, an electronic warfare system, a tactical data connection, and other features to suit Air Combat Command requirements, the TF-50A is outfitted as a light attack fighter/trainer.
The TF-50N variant was another submission by Lockheed Martin for the U.S. Navy’s trainer programme. A variety of U.S. Navy missions, such as pilot landing qualification, hostile air, training/chase, and tactical surrogate, can be successfully accomplished with the TF-50N’s special configuration.
Although the ATARS system is primarily intended for the T-50 programme, existing Lockheed Martin platforms like the F-16, F-22, and F-35 may potentially use it.