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AERALIS announced recently it would cooperate with defence experts to ensure that it can provide the training required for sixth generation fighter jets. The US, UK, France, Germany, Japan, China and Russia have already announced the development of a sixth generation aircraft programme.

While these concept aircraft of the future will share many of the camouflage and other technologies of fifth generation aircraft such as the F35, their complex sensor, communication and weapon systems will place greater demands on pilots, making their training more challenging. In order to cope with increasing data volumes while simultaneously using the aircraft, sixth generation pilots will become increasingly interoperable with the aircraft itself. Integration between man and machine will be one of the dominant features of sixth generation fighter jets.

Much of the required capability can be learned in a simulator environment. However, AERALIS wants its training aircraft to enable budding pilots to bring all elements together – receive, interpret and report information as they fly in potentially adverse weather conditions or over difficult terrain. By integrating instruments to monitor eye movements and measure cockpit stress levels, AERALIS aims to facilitate pilot training and build a database to improve the efficiency of future pilot training programmes.

Tim Davies, AERALIS Strategy Director, commented: “Whilst, concepts and designs for the next generation of combat aircraft are still being formulated, debated and tested, the AERALIS Training System is leading the way in putting the pilot first and maximising his or her ability to fly and operate increasingly complex aircraft in preparation for the next evolution in combat aircraft system design.”

Christian Kanig