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Russia to start using the VR technology for drones control

MOSCOW, (BM) – The calculations of the latest Russian reconnaissance and strike UAVs will be equipped with VR helmets that synchronize the movements of the operator’s head and UAV cameras, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Izvestia.

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This will solve the problem of insufficient situational awareness of operators operating combat drones, sources in the Ministry of Defense and the military-industrial complex also said.

The created helmet will allow tracking the position of the operator’s head, the direction of his gaze and synchronizing them with the movement of the drone’s cameras. In addition, VR-technology will make it possible to combine the image obtained from the optics of the drone with information about ground and air targets, as well as flight parameters.

According to Dmitry Kornev, editor-in-chief of the Military Russia portal, such innovations will seriously improve the working conditions of UAV operators.

The expert explained that now the picture is displayed on monitors, there may be several. Observing and navigating the terrain in such a situation is not so simple. Now the operator with the help of turning the head or even a slight eye movement will be able to see what is happening to the right or left of the drone.

In turn, Honored Test Pilot Colonel Igor Malikov noted that the distortion of the pilot’s perception of his position in space is a serious problem in aviation. And in the preparation of pilots will have to make a lot of efforts to solve it.

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He added that the pilots of the American F-35 fighter are equipped with VR helmets, this allows them to see what is imperceptible from the cockpit. However, they have problems with the development of this equipment. Many pilots, judging by the reports, have not yet coped with the situation.

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