American company Calspan Corporation received a contract Agency defense advanced research (DARPA) of the U.S. Department of defense, according to which will have to modify training aircraft L-39 Albatros Czech-made so that they could control artificial intelligence system. According to the message of the company, the modification of aircraft will be carried out in the framework of the preparation of the tender ACE (Air Combat Evolution, the development of air combat).
The upcoming DARPA tender ACE involves the development of artificial intelligence systems that can take control of combat aircraft and to conduct maneuverable close air combat. The system must be trained — she will learn a dogfight similar to cadets, starting simple and ending with the maneuvers of aerobatics. The ultimate goal of the ACE program is the creation of an artificial intelligence system for combat UAVs, including unmanned wingmen will cover manned fighters.
Overall, it is estimated that the new system of artificial intelligence will be able to dogfight faster and more efficient, much reducing the load on the pilot and giving him time to make tactical decisions within a larger mission. In the framework of the preparation of the tender, the ACE competitions, developers of artificial intelligence systems AlphaDogFight. The first phase of testing of neural network algorithms an air battle in virtual reality was held in January 2020. All three phases are planned, the last of which will be held in August this year.
Under contract to DARPA, for four years, the company Calspan Corporation will have to equip up to four training aircraft L-39 fly-by-wire control system with open architecture. Thanks to this system, the participating companies of tender ACE can be installed on the aircraft computing system, the dashboard and the artificial intelligence system of its own design. In the end, the modified L-39 will be used for testing of artificial intelligence systems that will manage them including during mock combat.
In January 2020, the U.S. company Kratos resumed testing of the demonstrator unmanned slave XQ-58A Valkyrie, interrupted last fall after a crash landing that made one of such devices. During a test flight of the new drone rose to a greater height than during previous tests. The testers collected data on the vibrations of the apparatus and the temperature of its onboard systems. Then the UAV made a successful landing.
It is assumed that XQ-58A will become one of the unmanned platforms in the future will be artificial intelligence system developed in the framework of the tender ACE. Development of the UAV is under the control of the Research laboratory of the U.S. air force under the program LCASD (Low Cost Attritable Strike Demonstrator, inexpensive consumable drum demonstrator). This program involves the creation of a relatively cheap device that could take on some strike missions manned aircraft.