By Frank Savage, The Chicago Times
March 10, 2023
BETHESDA, MD – Lockheed Martin announced Tuesday that it has partnered with Korea Aerospace Industries and Red 6 Aerospace to deliver advanced 21st Century Security capabilities across a spectrum of training and combat aircraft.
According to Lockheed, the partnership will bring the Airborne Tactical Augmented Reality System (ATARS), developed by Red 6 into the TF-50 and variants. ATARS provides pilots and ground operators capabilities to interact with synthetic threats in real-time environments.
The TF-50A variant was recently submitted by Lockheed to the U.S. Air Force after a February 2023 request for information for a two-seater aircraft to cover three near-term missions including tactical training, adversarial air support and a tactical fighter surrogate role. The TF-50A is designed as a light attack fighter and trainer with enhancements including radar, electronic warfare system, tactical data link, and other capabilities to meet Air Combat Command requirements.
Lockheed and partners believe the ATARS system will go beyond use in the TF-50 and its variants. It is hoped that ATARS could have operational use in the F-16, F-22, and F-35.