US Air Force B-1B Lancer Pilots Test Airborne Tactical Augmented Reality System (ATARS) in Air
US Air Force B-1B Lancer Pilots Test Airborne Tactical Augmented Reality System (ATARS) in Air

Red 6 Awarded $70 Million US Air Force Contract for Augmented Reality System

Red 6, a revolutionary technology firm at the forefront of synthetic air combat training, is proud to announce it has been awarded a contract with the U.S. Air Force worth up to $70 million over 5 years. The SBIR Phase III sole source award will enable Red 6 to pursue the commercialization of Red 6’s augmented reality platform. Red 6 has redefined how warfighters train by allowing users within relevant environments (e.g., airborne flight training, air-to-air refueling, etc.) to observe and interact with synthetically generated entities superimposed on the flight helmet visor. The mission of the U.S. Air Force is to fly, fight and win – with airpower, anytime, anywhere. Red 6’s revolutionary technology will support this mission by training warfighters more effectively and efficiently to win future conflicts. Red 6 will begin integration into a T-38 Talon immediately and will be followed by integration onto a fourth generation operational and training aircraft, such as the F-16 Fighting Falcon.

“Innovation within training is needed now more than ever to remain competitive with our adversaries. Red 6 is delivering a solution to current pain points in training, that if fixed, could solve several national security issues we face today,” said Dr. Winston Bennett, Airman Systems Directorate, Warfighter Interactions and Readiness Division, U.S. Air Force.

The U.S. Air Force awarded a contract on Monday to integrate augmented reality onto the T-38 jet trainer, similar to the one pictured en route to a training range over the Gulf of Mexico. (Photo by Master Sgt. Burt Traynor/U.S. Air Force)

“This award is indicative of Red 6’s commitment to deliver training solutions for the defense community. We are excited to continue to grow our presence within the U.S. Air Force as we harness the power of our one-of-a-kind technology in support of the warfighter. Red 6 is ushering in a new era of training, and with the support of the U.S. Air Force, we aim to deliver an extraordinary increase to readiness, proficiency, training capacity, and capability. I couldn’t be more excited for our future warfighters, as the adoption of the Red 6 technology will dramatically improve the quality of training that they will receive. We owe it to them to continue to innovate so they remain the best trained and best equipped warfighters in the world” said Daniel Robinson, Founder and CEO of Red 6.

Red 6 was founded in 2018 by Daniel Robinson, Glenn Snyder and Nick Bicanic and is the creator of Airborne Tactical Augmented Reality System (ATARS). ATARS is the first wide field-of-view, full color demonstrably proven outdoor augmented reality solution that works in dynamic outdoor environments. ATARS allows Virtual and Constructive assets into the real-world by allowing pilots and ground operators to see synthetic threats in real-time, outdoors, and critically, in high-speed environments. By blending augmented reality and artificial intelligence and using both the indoor and outdoor space around us as a medium, Red 6 has redefined the limits of how the world will experience, share, and interact with its information.

U.S. Air Force Capt. Garrett Gamble, 7th Operational Support Squadron current operations flight commander, climbs into a Berkut at Santa Monica, Calif., April 14, 2021. The Airborne Tactical Augmented Reality System works outdoors and in high speed, dynamic environments that the B-1B Lancers operate in and will allow the pilots to ‘load in’ the refueling tanker for real-time training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mercedes Porter)