The United States successfully tests its first unmanned combat aircraft piloted by Artificial Intelligence

Did you think that Artificial Intelligence was going to be only to create illustrative images and videos? These mechanisms have much more scope than we think. We have previously talked about the medical and technological aspects that focus on work. But these systems also point towards the military.

El Confidencial publishes a note in which it is reported that the United States tested its first fighter plane, an F-16, piloted by Artificial Intelligence. The aircraft was in the air for 17 hours without a human crew member.

An advanced electronic system, working with embedded data and machine learning, was able to take off, land, and even perform mid-air maneuvers. In principle, it is used for the North American aviation school, due to its ability to simulate the flight characteristics of this type of aircraft.

The plane piloted by Artificial Intelligence has existed for more than a year

It is called Variable In-flight Simulation Test Aircraft (VISTA X-62A) and it was tested more than a year ago; specifically in December 2021. And it is now that they come to report their existence.

“The VISTA X-62A is a modified F-16D Block 30 Peace Marble Il fitted with the most advanced Block 40 electronics. Its original name was NF-16D, but in 2021 it was changed to X-62A. It also has a Model Tracking Algorithm (MFA) and Lockheed Martin Simulation Autonomous Control System (SACS) that allow it to function independently,” he says. The confidential.

“VISTA will allow us to further parallel development and testing of state-of-the-art AI techniques with new unmanned vehicle designs. This approach, combined with focused testing of new vehicle systems as they are produced, will rapidly mature autonomy for unmanned platforms and allow us to deliver a tactically relevant capability to our warfighter,” explained Dr. M. Christopher Cotting, Research Director of the US Air Force Test Pilot School.

The wars of the future? Well, with independent drones programmed to eliminate each other. A conflict between machines, perhaps.