China 6th-gen stealth fighter to have artificial intelligence (AI), networking, and real-time targeting

Aug. 18, 2020
The aircraft should form a network, draw real-time integrated situational images, create attack routes, and transmit target information in real time.

WASHINGTON – China claims to be rapidly advancing artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities for a next-generation stealth fighter slated to emerge by 2035, according to a Chinese government-backed newspaper citing the chief designer of the J-20. Kris Osborn at Warrior Maven reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

18 Aug. 2020 -- The description of technical plans and systems applications for the future China jet fighter offered by the Global Times appears to mirror that which is often described about the U.S. F-35, meaning that it has an autonomous computerized ability to gather, organize and present an array of otherwise disparate pools of information for pilots.

Quoting J-20 designer Yang Wei, the paper states, “a future fighter jet will generally require a longer combat range, longer endurance, stronger stealth capability, a larger load of air-to-air and air-to-surface weapons, and the functionality to provide its pilot with easy-to-understand battlefield situation images and predictions.”

The emphasis of technologies engineered to provide future Chinese stealth fighter pilots with easy to understand warzone intelligence aligns almost exactly with the often-discussed F-35 sensor fusion. In an F-35, data from 360-degree cameras, long-range electro-optical targeting, navigational details, threat warning systems, and other variables such as speed, altitude, and angle of approach, all are compiled, distilled, analyzed, integrated and presented to pilots on one screen.

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John Keller, chief editor
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