August 16, 2021 – Red 6, an augmented reality (AR) technology firm that provides military training applications for air combat training, has today announced that it has won a contract from the US Air Force that the company states could be worth up to USD $70 million over five years. The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase III sole source award will enable Red 6 to pursue the commercialization of its augmented reality platform.
“This award is indicative of Red 6’s commitment to deliver training solutions for the defense community,” said Daniel Robinson, Founder and CEO of Red 6. “We are excited to continue to grow our presence within the US Air Force as we harness the power of our one-of-a-kind technology in support of the warfighter.”
Red 6’s training solution enables warfighters to train within relevant environments (e.g., airborne flight training, air-to-air refueling, etc.), allowing them to observe and interact with synthetically generated entities superimposed via their flight helmet’s visor.
“Red 6 is ushering in a new era of training, and with the support of the US Air Force we aim to deliver an extraordinary increase to readiness, proficiency, training capacity, and capability,” added Robinson.
Red 6 noted that the mission of the US Air Force is to fly, fight and win – with airpower, anytime, anywhere. The company stated that its technology will support this mission by training warfighters more effectively and efficiently to win in future conflicts.
Dr. Winston Bennett, Airman Systems Directorate, Warfighter Interactions and Readiness Division, US Air Force, commented: “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.”
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.
“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,” continued Robinson.
For more information on Red 6 and its augmented reality solutions for combat pilot training, please visit the company’s website.
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