The USAF is allowed to participate in the contest Skyborg on the development of unmanned slave and system management four American companies: Boeing, General Atomics, Kratos Unmanned Aerial Systems and Northrop Grumman. As writes Flightglobal, each company received a contract worth $ 400 million, involving the development of a prototype system and testing services.
The U.S. military announced the tender Skyborg in may of this year. It involves not only the creation of relatively cheap unmanned wingmen could work in tandem with manned fighters, but the “brain” for them — artificial intelligence system that will manage such devices. Under current plans, the US air force intends to make drone slaves for service in 2023.
At the request of the U.S. air force, applications for participation in the competition Skyborg submitted by 18 companies, of which the military chose only four developers. Are there any other companies that have submitted applications in question, the military said.
The company is engaged in the creation of the Kratos unmanned wingman for the past couple of years at the Research laboratory of the U.S. air force. Her unit received the designation XQ-58A Valkyrie and has already made four test flight. This unit is used by the military for assessment tasks that could be performed by unmanned wingmen, and to identify technologies that will allow you to create relatively cheap cameras.
Concern Boeing is developing its drone slave for the last several years. This company is developing the device at the request of the Royal Australian air force. The drone project created by the group, is called the Loyal Wingman. Rolled out the first such device was held in may of this year. The first flight of a Loyal Wingman to be held before the end of the year.
About the drone project led by General Atomics and Northrop Grumman are not yet known.