Swarm! Cries the Air Force (And F-35 Pilots Will Love It)

December 11, 2019 Topic: Security Blog Brand: The Buzz Tags: F-22F-35MilitaryTechnologyWorldF-15UAV

Swarm! Cries the Air Force (And F-35 Pilots Will Love It)

What if pilots could control swarms of unmannned drones from their cockpit? 

While computer processing speed and algorithms continue to evolve at an alarming pace, it still remains difficult to engineer a machine able to make more subjective determinations or respond quickly to a host of interwoven, fast-changing variables.

However, sensor technology is progressing quickly, the point where fighter pilots will increasingly be able to identify threats at much greater distances, therefore remove the need to dogfight. As a result, there may be room for an unmanned fighter jet in the not-too-distant future, given the pace of improving autonomous technology.

“Different people have different views. We believe in a control-based approach that leverages AI but does not relinquish control to AI. As a pilot develops trust, he knows what that aircraft can do and tells it to do something,” Stolz said.

This first appeared in Warrior Maven here. This piece was originally featured in August 2018 and is being republished due to reader's interest. 

Media: Reuters