Fifth-generation fighters F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II will interact with each other through a guided drone equipped with a promising artificial intelligence (AI) system, reports Breaking Defense statement of the U.S. Air Force (U.S.) purchasing director Will Roper.
The military said that the AI system was created as part of the Skyborg program, which, in turn, is based on the Avatar project. Roper compared a drone with such an AI system that allows the F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II to interact with Babel Fish, a fictional creature from the series of science fiction novels “Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy” by British writer Douglas Adams.
The American publication notes that one of the first Skyborg will receive an XQ-58A Valkyrie drone.
Earlier in September, Roper said the Air Force was preparing to radically change the strategy for acquiring promising fighters, devoting the industry to create new aircraft for five years or less.
The first flight of the XQ-58A Valkyrie, capable of launching without the use of a runway, took place on March 5 in the sky above the military test site of Hume (Arizona).
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