Air Force seeks to combine virtual reality (VR) and artificial intelligence (AI) for training personnel

Oct. 8, 2020
The Air Force is working on Pilot Training Next for undergraduate pilot training, and on a simulator for B-52 Stratofortress bomber crews.

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. – The U.S. Air Force has awarded two contracts collectively worth $67 million to Mass Virtual Inc. in Orlando, Fla., to give airmen access to virtual reality (VR) training for using and maintaining aircraft and other systems. Fedscoop reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

8 Oct. 2020 -- The Air Force Sustainment Center at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., has awarded Mass Virtual two contracts — one for $60 million and $7 million — to extend work using the company’s virtual reality training services.

The Air Force began working with Mass Virtual last fall, awarding the firm a small prototype contract at a pitch event focused on virtual reality training systems.

Air Force leadership has touted increased reliance on VR training and augmented reality simulators to give pilots hands-on simulated training. Those systems often rely on large data sets of flight simulations and some use artificial intelligence (AI) to give pilots realistic training.

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John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics

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