DARPA To Launch Competition For AI-Powered Aircraft Aerial Battles Written 14 May 2019

14 May 2019
FlightGlobal reports that the Department of Defense’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) “plans to launch a competition to teach artificial intelligence (AI) software programmes how to control aircraft and their weapons in dogfights.” DARPA views the Air Combat Evolution (ACE) challenge as the beginning of the development of automated air-to-air combat software. ACE Program Manager Lt. Col. Dan Javorsek said, “Being able to trust autonomy is critical as we move toward a future of warfare involving manned platforms fighting alongside unmanned systems.” Javorsek added, “We envision a future in which AI handles the split-second manoeuvring during within-visual-range dogfights, keeping pilots safer and more effective as they orchestrate large numbers of unmanned systems into a web of overwhelming combat effects.” (Image: USAF F-22 Raptors. Credit: U.S. Air Force TSgt Ben Bloker | Wikipedia)
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