DARPA Announces Dev’t of Autonomous Pilot Combat System

Jeff Brody

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency plans to develop an autonomous platform to boost pilot capabilities using of human-machine collaboration. DARPA said Wednesday that it intends to develop an artificial intelligence tool in aerial combat principles via human training methods as part of the Air Combat Evolution initiative.

Some of the topics the agency look to add in the training plan include one-on-one combat scenarios and basic fighter maneuvers. DARPA intends to solicit proposals from companies and schools in the integration of tactical algorithms for the system. Afterward, AFWERX will test all submitted algorithms in a tournament-style competition.

The agency will also seek proposals in line with every phase of the project's development. 

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