Royal Navy uses artificial intelligence (AI) to counter live supersonic missiles in hypersonic rehearsal

June 10, 2021
The exercise gives a glimpse of how supersonic and faster missiles could be defeated in the future using artificial intelligence and machine learning.

PORTSMOUTH, England – The United Kingdom Royal Navy has used artificial intelligence (AI) to help counter live-fire supersonic missile attacks in sea trials for the first time. New Atlas reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

10 June 2021 -- Part of the Formidable Shield NATO exercise involving 10 nations, 15 ships, dozens of aircraft, and about 3,300 personnel, off the coasts of Scotland and Norway, the test seeks to detect, track, and intercept sea-skimming supersonic missiles as well as ballistic missiles faster with less human intervention.

Supersonic missiles are among the most formidable weapons in modern naval arsenals. With their ability to fly faster than the speed of sound close to the water, these weapons are difficult to counter; intercepting them requires instant calculation and decision-making, sometimes involving destroying an incoming threat when it comes within 5,000 feet of its target.

With the emergence of hypersonic weapons, there is the danger of air defense operators, even with the aid of computers, being overwhelmed with analyzing massive amounts of data, identifying threats, and launching the correct countermeasures.

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