The company developing an aircraft platform with augmented reality capabilities for military training, Red 6, announced receipt of a $30 million Series A investment.
The company was founded back in 2018 and is credited for creating the Airborne Tactical Augmented Reality System (ATARS). The system deploys augmented reality within the cockpit of training planes to present pilots with training scenarios experienced while flying.
The latest $30 million funding values the company at $130 million, as per its claims. Snowpoint Ventures led the round, which also saw participation from other existing investors and new investors.
Red 6 is on a mission to help manage the shortage of combat-ready pilots in the US military. The use of immersive tech is not entirely new for the purpose, as VR-based flight simulators have been used in training for decades. But Red 6 is taking its tech into the real skies.
The company’s AR system will enable pilots to see virtual aircraft and other training assets outside the cockpit. Red 6 believes that this approach will lead to faster and more cost-effective training without sacrificing realism.
The ATARS platform is currently active with the Berkut 540 aircraft, but the company has been working on the integration for the T-38 Talon, which is used for pilot training by the United States Air Force.
Nevertheless, the progress of technology is not absolutely clear. But, the company did state that it reached Phase III of the Small Business Innovation Research program on behalf of the United States Air Force. The program provides financial support and suggests a strong interest in integrating the technology into future programs.
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