US fighters will be able to control a link of slave jet UAVs using AI

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US fighters will be able to control a link of slave jet UAVs using AI

The United States Air Force is developing the Skyborg artificial intelligence system that will help the pilot fly the fighter and the accompanying slave drones XQ58-A Valkyrie.

Reactive UAVs will perform the role «faithful follower» and be under the full control of the parent aircraft for various missions. For example, they will be able to fly forward to scout the terrain, or take on enemy fire in the event of an attack..

The military is in talks to integrate the new platforms with Boeing and Lockheed Martin, which make fighters. The US Air Force plans to test the concept of a drone-fighter combination on the F-35 and F-15EX after their modernization. Additional tests are also required with the XQ58-A, as the new UAV has completed only five test flights..

 «Valkyrie» can carry small bombs and operate within a radius of 4 thousand km, but does not fly as fast as the aircraft it will help. The XQ58-A cost about $ 2 million, much less than the price of a large fighter..

In the reports, the developers say that the control of the support link is only part of the Skyborg AI program, which will act as an on-board assistant. They compare project with R2-D2 from Star Wars.

Earlier, we also reported on tests of disposable plywood drones that are capable of flying at altitudes up to 5.2 km at a speed of 280 km / h..

text: Ilya Bauer, photo: defense, video: YouTube / AFResearchLab

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