Air Force tests an autonomous F-16 wingman – Saw The Movie, Didn’t End Well

Air Force tests air-to-ground strikes with an autonomous F-16 wingman

“There’s so much focus around autonomous cars these days it’s easy to forget that the military’s trying to plug artificial intelligence into fighting vehicles, too. And not just in computer mock-ups, like last June’s exhibition wherein a flight AI beat a retired USAF Colonel in simulated dogfights. In a recent test, military contractors used an unmanned system autonomously flying an F-16 combat jet as a wingman to support a human pilot in a separate aircraft. The system successfully met its goals to adapt, plan and execute maneuvers all on its own.”

Without a pilot to blackout at high G’s this plane should be able to out maneuver any plane piloted by a human.

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