DARPA to move artificial intelligence (AI)-equipped jet fighters to dogfights research in the real world

April 13, 2021
Critics question the trials because even if the AI works well in reality, there’s been only one dogfight involving a U.S. aircraft in the last 20 years.

ARLINGTON, Va. – The mission of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop jet fighters equipped with artificial intelligence (AI) has moved a step closer to takeoff. TNW News reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

13 April 2021 -- DARPA algorithms took down a U.S. Air Force pilot in a virtual dogfight last year. In February, the agency tested how jet fighter AI algorithms would perform as a team.

The battle pitted two friendly F-16 jet fighters against one enemy aircraft. Each jet fighter had a gun for short-range engagements and a missile for more distant targets.

They now plan to test out AI on real-world aircraft by creating an aero-performance model of an L-39 jet trainer, which the algorithm will use to make predictions and maneuver decisions. Once the model is complete, the agency will begin modifying the aircraft so the algorithm can control it. The Pentagon plans to test them in live-fly dogfights in late 2023 and 2024.

Related: DARPA eyes heavier reliance on artificial intelligence (AI) and unmanned aircraft in dogfighting

Related: PhysicsAI to develop artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms for high-performance unmanned combat aircraft

Related: https://www.militaryaerospace.com/defense-executive/article/14176812/artificial-intelligence-ai-dogfighting-unmanned

John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics

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