Close Air Solutions has been awarded Phase II funding from the Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) for the Hyper Real Immersion Project.

As part of the project, the company will develop new technology using augmented reality to support the British military during their training.

Using the technology, the British armed forces can increase their effectiveness, while save money.

Close Air Solutions technical director and co-founder Tom Ball said: “This technology has already been identified as a potential ‘game changer’ for defence and we are both honoured and excited to be at the forefront of its development.

“The association and support of UK Defence Solutions Centre (UKDSC) is providing us with a unique opportunity to support the British military as well as contribute to UK Exports.”

Close Air Solutions is one of two winners announced by the Defence Procurement Minister Phillip Dunne for Phase II persistent surveillance and mission training innovation challenges.

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"This technology has already been identified as a potential ‘game changer’ for defence."

Several industrial and academic organisations submitted their proposals for small business research initiative (SBRI) themed competitions.

The winning organisations then had the opportunity to bid for further funding to pursue their ideas.

CDE operations head Jim Pennycook said: “Putting follow-on funding into the CDE process and working closely with the defence industry through UKDSC means even more opportunity for our bidders and an increased likelihood of exploitation into a defence capability for MoD and UK exports.

“We had a difficult task to make a selection from the range of quality Phase-2 proposals submitted by the Phase-1 winners and it’s been great to see the success of these projects.”

Image: Close Air Solutions will develop a new technology to support the British military in their training. Photo: courtesy of Lestalorm.