USAF Demonstrates VR/AR Applications for Aircraft Preparation Training

The U.S. Air Force performed a demonstration showcasing the applications of virtual reality and augmented reality to the branch's training activities. The demonstration was held on Jan. 8 showing how these applications may help in preparation for aircraft combat operations, USAF said Friday

The demonstration primarily catered to aircraft armament and munition systems airmen, personnel in charge of managing an aircraft's launch devices and non-nuclear munitions. It also featured the use of a head-mounted display coupled with an immersive VR environment.

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“We can build our skillsets and proficiency faster, by not having an aircraft break to perform the training," said Chief Master Sgt. John Jordan, 2W1 aircraft armament career field functional manager.

AFWERX, a USAF technology development program, awarded a grant to Vectrona Innovative Systems and Technologies for a VR/AR applications demonstration. Technology firm Ario then helped Vetrona develop a backend platform supporting VR/AR applications. Vectrona will report its findings to AFWERX in February after the conclusion of the effort's first phase.

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