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Thursday, December 10, 2020

Testing An Autonomous Jet Squadron

Good analysis here:

Boeing has announced that it has successfully carried out flight tests using five high-performance pilotless jet aircraft. The aircraft operated as a team without any intervention required from humans. Testing was conducted at the Queensland Flight Test Range in Cloncurry, Australia. It demonstrated the aircraft’s ability to use onboard command and control along with data sharing capabilities, allowing collaboration amongst the squadron.

Hat tip: Instapundit

Suffice it to say, a handful of semi-autonomous loyal wingmen fighting alongside each piloted jet would be a great force multiplier. UAV wingmen could act as scouts, missile trucks, “attritable” ground strike bombers, or even as kamikazes against antiaircraft missiles targeted at the piloted aircraft.

More here:

Loyal Wingman is a new unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) being developed by Boeing Australia in collaboration with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).

The advanced unmanned system will be able to fly alongside the existing manned aircraft and will use artificial intelligence (AI) to conduct teaming missions. It is capable of performing surveillance, reconnaissance, and early warning missions.

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