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January 2023


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Raytheon Technologies needed a video to illustrate the combat capabilities of their new PhantomStrike compact AESA radar system. The animation follows 6th generation fighters and their autonomous wingmen on a mission to destroy ground based enemy missile assets and the attack aircraft that protect them.

The attack aircraft depicted in the mission are conceptual sixth generation fighters modeled in Autodesk Maya and inspired by currently operational stealth platforms like the F-35 with a dash of several European fighters thrown in for good measure. The fighter’s load out includes Raytheon GBU-53 StromBreakers, AIM-9 Sidewinders, as well as a AN/ASQ-228 Advanced Targeting Forward-Looking Infrared (ATFLIR) multi-sensor package. The pilots are equipped with helmet display systems based loosely on the Gen III Helmet Mounted Display System being built by Collins Aerospace.

The ground targets of the attack and the patrol aircraft that attempt to intercede are slightly tweaked (with nationality markings removed) Eastern European military assets.The ground environments along with the weather effects and skies were built and rendered in Unreal Engine 5. The aircraft were all rendered separately in Autodesk Maya with Arnold and composted in After Effects. The digital mission map sequences were created in After Effects and based on the type of mission briefings one might see in games like Ace Combat 7.