USAF launches robot quadcopter to guard a military air base

WASHINGTON, (BM) – USAF launches robot quadcopter to guard a military air base. An autonomous robot quadrocopter has been launched to guard Travis Air Force Base’s perimeter Base in California, learned citing A mini-UAV (sUAS) manufactured by Easy Aerial will patrol over an area of ​​24 sq. km.

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The author of the article compared the principle of operation of the novelty with a robotic vacuum cleaner. Just as a vacuum cleaner can independently leave its docking station, clean on a schedule, and then return to base without human intervention, this unmanned aerial vehicle can do the same. The UAV is programmed to automatically deploy, inspect the entrusted territory, and return to recharge before the next flight.

The drone is automatically activated and moves to the place of the signal in the event of a “fence alarm, fire alarm or another distress signal,” the message says. So far, the base security service plans to use it primarily as a means of additional information. For example, in the event of an alarm signal, it will be able to be at the scene before the duty group and obtain the scene’s preliminary report.

However, according to project enthusiasts, this device is capable of more. This compact UAV “is capable of assisting the base’s engineering services with fire suppression, maintenance, and inspection of aircraft fuselages … and this is just the beginning,” said Master Sergeant Joshua Hicks, instructor for 60th Security Squadron at Travis Air Force Base. “The impact this program will have on the Air Force will be manifested in a wide variety of areas,” he said.

The editors associate the increase in the number of defense projects in unmanned security vehicles to protect air force bases with the growing threat of hostile UAVs designed to disrupt flights or spy on military aircraft.

Recall, on September 14, 2019, two oil refineries of the Saudi state-owned company Saudi Aramco in Abkaik and Hurais have attacked by a dozen unmanned aerial vehicles. As a result of the attack, and until the damaged facilities were commissioned, Saudi Arabia’s daily oil production fell by almost half.

Let us also recall that the Syrian militants regularly try to attack the Russian Khmeimim airbase – in two years (2018-2019) with air defense systems or electronic protection means on the approaches to it, our military shot down more than 100 militant drones.

US Air Force is testing robotic dogs to monitor and guard an airport

As we reported on September 13, during an exercise by the US Air Force, robotic dogs were used for the first time to monitor the area. Thanks to their four-legged helpers, the human security team can stay closer to the aircraft to be protected.

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Ten members of the 621st Contingency Response Group tested novel robot dogs for the first time during an exercise in early September at Buckley Air Force Base in Colorado and at Nellis AFB in Nevada, the US Air Force said. The autonomous robotic dogs are part of the “Advanced Battle Management System” with which commanders of combat units can monitor their equipment and locations in real time.

During the exercise, the US Air Force transport aircraft in conjunction with units of the new US Space Force landed in Nellis and refueled F-16 fighter-bombers on the ground with the engines running with kerosene carried under simulated front-line conditions.

Previously, military police from the US Air Force had secured the site and used the new robotic dogs. The all-terrain four-legged friends carry video cameras, the images of which can be transmitted in real time, so that the guards can stay closer to their actual protected objects, in our photo of a Lockheed LC-130 of the 109th Airlift Wing of the New York Air Guard.

The foldable robot dogs come from the US company Ghost Robotics. The Vision 60 V4.2 model used is electrically powered and connected via a data link. It automatically follows a master or goes on its own path through a predetermined area of ​​application.

The emergency equipment can be set up modularly. Because of their off-road mobility, the robot dogs are particularly suitable for monitoring large outdoor areas. But you can also work indoors and climb stairs, for example. The robotic dogs can also walk on sand and rubble and straighten up again if they fall or are knocked over.

The US believes artificial intelligence will give the Pentagon a military advantage

The American Panel of Experts on Artificial Intelligence (AI) has issued the first set of recommendations to the government, the goal of which is called “the victory of the United States in the competition around artificial intelligence.”

“In the future, the algorithmic method of warfare, the ability to rely on artificial intelligence and the autonomy that it provides, will allow us to gain the most significant advantage in the military sphere,” former US Secretary of Defense and current deputy chairman of the commission Bob Work commented on the importance of report during a telephone press conference with reporters. He said that now a kind of transition of military thought “to the digital industry” is taking place, and now “everyone is interested in making the Pentagon more like a software development company.”

Among the recommendations made by experts is a one-time doubling (up to $ 2 billion) of expenses for research in the field of artificial intelligence not related to defense issues.

This, according to the authors, will strengthen the laboratories and academic centers employed in the work on AI, and will also help lay the foundation for the general foundations of modern AI – in particular, develop technical and ethical standards and begin to apply appropriate technologies in the field of public administration, as well as other areas of science.

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Regarding the defense use of AI, the authors do not give up the opportunity to call for increased investment in this area, but first recommend that they study the effectiveness of the money already used.

Mr. Wark noted that he considers this cost ratio to be correct, but advises at the moment, primarily focus on non-military research on artificial intelligence. “We believe that this is an area where we are lagging behind so far,” he said.

To promote the sphere more efficiently and to allocate additional resources to it, the commission also proposed subordinating the head of the Joint Center for Artificial Intelligence (a structural unit of the US Department of Defense) directly to the Pentagon head, and not to the chief information technology specialist, as now.

In addition, experts insist on the establishment of a special tripartite coordination committee, which should include senior representatives of the Ministry of Defense, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the representative of the office of the director of National Intelligence, “in order to support the work on introducing new technologies, which otherwise might not receive due attention.”

In addition, the report contains recommendations on increasing the production of microelectronics necessary for the work of AI, and the creation of special departments in the United States and Union countries that could engage in establishing international cooperation in these matters – and first within the framework of the Five Eyes alliance (parties to the agreement on joint electronic intelligence intelligence of the UKUS SIGINT: USA, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand), and then within NATO.

Attention was also paid to the use of artificial intelligence within the country – the Ministry of Internal Security and the FBI were given a recommendation to share experience in using AI with representations in the states and at the local level and monitor the success of colleagues in the regions.

A separate chapter of the report is devoted to ethical issues in the use of AI: the authors emphasize that it is extremely important that users of such systems be aware of the risks of their use and the limits of their applicability, therefore, information about this should be included in each training course on AI technology.

Among other things, it is recommended that an expert council be created, which once a year should give senior officials working in the field of national security lectures on the most pressing problems of the ethical and responsible use of AI. Another tip is to keep clear and detailed documentation in order to ensure transparency and accountability in working with AI.

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However, presenting the report to reporters, its authors could not help touching upon an obvious topic – the coronavirus. “We live in an unusual time. We are all waiting for the opportunity to help in any way possible, commission chairman Eric Schmidt, one of Google’s former executives, assured the conversation participants.


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