The US Air Force is the first to use an AI co-pilot on a military aircraft.Artificial intelligence technologies have recently begun to find a place for themselves, especially in the defense industry sector.

The example from the US Air Force in this field is the first application in its field.

In the application in question, the artificial intelligence algorithm ARTUµ was seated in the co-pilot seat of the U-2 Dragon Lady high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft, which is in the Air Force inventory. During the test flight held on December 15, ARTUµ undertook some tasks that the pilot of the plane had to carry out during the flight under normal conditions.

During the test flight, using the algorithm implemented after a three-year development process by the U-2 Federal Laboratory operating under the US Air Combat Command, ARTUµ checked the sensors on the aircraft and made maneuvers to get rid of the anti-aircraft missile launched by another artificial intelligence on the U-2.

In the statement made by the Air Force officials, ARTUµ, who took over the control of the sensors on the plane with the experience he gained as a result of approximately 500 thousand computer simulations, worked in coordination with the pilot of the plane and successfully fulfilled the assigned task. It is stated that the pilot and artificial intelligence use the same radar system during the mission and while the pilot keeps the plane in the air, ARTUµ detects the location of the enemy’s missile launch pads. Saying that the test performed to show that the algorithm works is successful, the officials say that the ultimate goal is to transfer the technology to other systems.

In the statement made by the Air Force, “This historical flight, realized within the scope of the cooperation that emerged with the skills of machine learning and the expertise of a pilot, is a response to the National Defense Strategy’s call for investment in autonomous systems.” statements were included.


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