The U.S. Air Force decided to conduct an experiment in July 2021, in which a manned fighter and an unmanned aerial vehicle controlled by an artificial intelligence system fight in an air battle, reports The Drive.
This was during a remote event held at the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Research of the Air Force Association, said Lieutenant General Jack Shanahan, who heads the Pentagon’s Joint Center for Artificial Intelligence. The military did not disclose the details of the planned experiment.
In May, the head of SpaceX, an American company, Elon Musk, called a remotely controlled human drone as the killer of a fifth-generation F-35 Lightning II fighter. According to the engineer, the aircraft against the drone “would have no chance.”
In September 2019, Air Force procurement executive director Will Roper announced that the fifth-generation fighter F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II will interact with each other through a guided drone equipped with a promising artificial intelligence system.