HRI has been funded in partnership with UK MOD, via the Defence Accelerator. Close Air Solutions and UK MOD have partnered to explore the potential of Mixed Reality training to transform the operational training landscape – using the JTAC Use Case to focus this initiative’s objectives. HRI is a high-risk, high-return initiative, to explore ways in which MOD can leverage the agility and innovation of the SME community to capitalise on the technological revolution.
Close Air Solutions was formed in 2012 in response to growing demand for outcomes based simulation & training. Our management consists of former military personnel, qualified aeronautical/aerospace systems engineers and PhD level computer scientists. Our focus is on turning military equipment into capability by the use of advanced training methods and technology.
Phase One ran for six months ending March 2016, focused on proof of concept for outdoor mixed reality training. At the end of the project, stakeholders attended a demonstration on Salisbury Plain Training Area and viewed a mixed reality battle scene through a head-mounted display (HM D). The demonstration highlighted the potential for mixed reality to provide effective training.
Phase Two ran for 12 months spanning 2016-17. The goal was to integrate the necessary components to deliver a fully networked, mobile, on-the-man solution, and to use this system to train actual UK JTACs. The project aimed to reach TRL 6, meaning a prototype demonstration in a representative environment. Phase Two culminated in a combined technology trial and demonstration at RAF Spadeadam.
Phase Three will continue to build on the successes of the last two phases. The "static mixed reality window" concept will be further developed to construct a deployable mixed reality vehicle. This vehicle will be used as a static observation post to provide full training to a cohort of active service personnel. Trials will be conducted throughout 2019 and 2020, culminating in a major exercise with 1st Artillery Brigade.
The Defence and Security Accelerator, in tandem with the Defence Solutions Centre, established the competition in 2012 to explore and develop solutions to ensure the UK armed forces stay ahead of adversaries by finding more efficient methods of communication, logistics, protection, intelligence and training. The initial investment of £10 million for the competition has been matched pound for pound with industry partners and since then, the competition has received an additional £4 million. This is part of the wider £800 million Defence Innovation Fund.
Defence Minister Stuart Andrew said: Training is at the core of military capabilities and Project Hyper Real Immersion is designed to provide cutting-edge realistic air combat training. This revolutionary technology from Close Air Solutions aims to enable fully networked live training exercises with NATO and Coalition partners. This will reduce costs and increase safety for service personnel.Learn more