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AI-controlled F-16s Working as A-Team in DARPA’S Dogfights

AI-controlled F-16s fighter jets have been working as a team against an opponent. The goal of integrating artificial intelligence into the picture is now far ahead from virtual imagination and soon could be an epicure of reality.

The experiments of the AI-controlled jets were a part of Phase 1 of the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Air Combat Program. The vision of the expedition focused on exploring how AI-controlled jets and machine learning may help automate various aspects of air-to-air combat.

In the words of DARPA, the contentious ACE program aims to develop “trusted, scalable, human-level, AI-driven autonomy for air combat by using human-machine collaborative dogfighting as its challenge problem.” DARPA asserted that it’s halfway through Phase 1 of ACE and told that simulated dog fights took place at John Hopkins University.

The February dogfights was an engaging spectacle as it pitted eight teams in a competition who were provided AI systems to simulate F-16s fighter jets in a 1 Vs 1 battle. The winning AI team then fights five simulated Dogfight battles against an experienced F-16 fighter pilot in a simulator. Compared to the AlphaDogfight Trials, which were gun-only, Scrimmage 1 introduced new simulated weapons, in the form of a “missile for longer-range targets.”

The vision seems sorted out as the person familiar with the developments said that the addition of multiple weapons and options adds a new dynamic dilemma to the mission which was missing in the AlphaDogfight Trials. This becomes inevitable when operating with offensive weapons in a dynamic and confusing environment as it seeks to remove the adversary between the teams. Conflicting battles dwell more studies on how AI-controlled jets gets maneuvered in the trials.

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