Ukraine is using Oculus Quest to train airmen “how to kill Russian tanks with A-10 Warthogs,” Anduril founder Palmer Luckey said on his Twitter site.
Luckey developed virtual reality system Oculus VR and later sold it to Facebook in 2014 for a reported $2.3 billion. Oculus Quest is the system’s virtual reality headset.
The A-10s are ground-attack plans used for close-in fighting.
Ukraine has told the U.S. it does not want the A-10s and would prefer instead to have F-16s fighter jets, aviation website AVweb.com said on Aug. 22. The website added that a group of retired U.S. Air Force Warthog pilots has been “secretly” training the Ukrainians on simulators.
Luckey, whose rapidly growing defense firm moved to Costa Mesa earlier this year, also said the Ukrainian airmen are using digital combat simulators in their training.
Separately, Luckey met with Andriy Yermak, the head of Ukraine president’s office, the office said on Aug. 19. The site and location of the meeting were not announced, though the writing in the background was the Cyrillic script variation used by the Ukrainian language.