MOSCOW, (BM) – The US will be the first to say a new word in military aviation, and Russia is well aware of this.
In the near future, the US Air Force will reach a fundamentally new level, which will give them undeniable advantages over Russian and Chinese pilots.
Already, F-22 and F-35 fighters are technologically superior to Russian Su-35S and Chinese Flanker variants. As for the Su-57 and J-20, it is too early to talk about them, since these machines are not yet ready.
A real revolution in military aviation, according to the authors of an article in The National Interest, will be a group of drones that will be subordinate to the pilots. While these devices are in testing and periodically fall. But this is inevitable in flight tests of experimental equipment.
The F-35 will be equipped with artificial intelligence and, based on the algorithms, the computer will take control of an army of drones. The keyword is autonomous. An UAV does not have to be constantly monitored from the ground, it will be an independent combat unit.
As an expert in the field of combat aviation Gregory Zacharias told in an interview with Scout Warrior, a drone can perform, for example, the role of a truck with weapons. When the F-35 runs out of rockets, it will simply take them from the UAV. Similarly, the problem with refueling can be solved.
The F-35 Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS) computer system already implies a limited use of artificial intelligence. The computer provides estimates, systematizes information and even makes decisions.
At the moment, the human brain is much more efficient than artificial intelligence, but gradually the computer will be able to perform relatively simple tasks. Already, US drones have taken on the role of “air executioners” and are killing terrorists and politicians who are disliked by Washington. It is enough to recall the liquidation of Iranian General Suleymani, because of which the war almost began.
The UAV’s work largely depends on the capabilities of the satellite constellation. According to C4isrnet, until 2026 the United States plans to launch 1,000 satellites.
Unfortunately, Russia cannot boast of a powerful satellite constellation. Moreover, from time to time, the spacecraft depart from orbit or fall to Earth.
According to some media reports, Russia leases a broadband channel for managing key assets. And domestic drones have never flown outside the direct radio communication zone. The flight of the “Hunter” together with the Su-57 looks effective, but when will it all work for real? It’s not clear yet.
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