ORLANDO, Fla. – Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX and Tesla, arrived at the Air Warfare Symposium last month in Orlando, Fla., with a controversial idea: “The fighter-jet era has passed,” Musk said, provoking audible gasps and murmurs in an audience. Aviation Week reports. Continue reading original article
The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:
17 March 2020 -- Hours later, Musk clarified in a tweeted reply to Aviation Week that he meant the jet fighter aircraft remains relevant, just not the pilot onboard.
“The competitor [to a manned fighter] should be a drone fighter plane that is remote-controlled by a human, but with its maneuvers augmented by autonomy,” Musk writes.
Musk’s comments on air power should be taken with a grain of salt; Musk’s predictions about machine autonomy are often wrong, even when it concerns the self-driving capabilities of Tesla cars.
John Keller, chief editor
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