US Air Force announces tender for artificial intelligence for UAVs

US Air Force announces tender for artificial intelligence for UAVs

The US Air Force intends in the near future to equip promising unmanned aerial vehicles with artificial intelligence systems. According to Flightglobal, the Air Force announced a tender for the supply of the above systems.


The US Air Force announced a tender for the development and supply of artificial intelligence systems designed to control promising unmanned aerial vehicles. The tender is held as part of the Skyborg program, applications for participation will be accepted until June 15, 2020. Tender behavior and development control are carried out by the US Air Force Research Laboratory.

The Skyborg program has been implemented by the US military over the past few years. At the moment, development is being conducted in several directions at once. Scientists are exploring the possibilities of creating cheap "drones", as well as software that allows pilots to control drones during the performance of a standard flight mission. It is assumed that unmanned aerial vehicles will "work" in tandem with the F-35 and F-15EX fighters equipped with elements of artificial intelligence, thereby expanding their capabilities. UAVs will have to fly forward with radars on to detect enemy radar. The lead fighter will fly with the radar turned off, while receiving information from drones in real time.

In the framework of the announced tender, participants are invited to develop prototypes of a software and hardware complex that allows the navigator of a two-seat fighter to control several wing-drivers at once. It is emphasized that the prototype should be created on a modular basis, i.e. Additional functions should not be added to the system by a complete flashing, but by adding a new module.

According to the plans of the US Air Force, the first guided drones with a new control system should be put into service no earlier than 2023.
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  1. Exactly for the UAV? And then I still remember George W. Bush. So there, along the way, and many senior officials need AI!))))
    1. Thrifty 19 May 2020 16: 46 New
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      To begin with, let them give an exact formulation of the concept of "artificial intelligence"!
  2. novel66 19 May 2020 15: 02 New
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    it’s elementary - you take a blonde, repainted in a brunette and put in a UAV
  3. rocket757 19 May 2020 15: 04 New
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    For such a big thing .... it's still too early!
    Although, the level of tasks is not great, it’s possible to truncate something “childish”.
    1. KCA
      KCA 19 May 2020 15: 09 New
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      Our S-70 already flew in tandem with the SU-57 without operator control, so it's time
      1. rocket757 19 May 2020 15: 12 New
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        There are only AI elements announced. I don’t know how concepts began to erode for the sake of ambitions of all sorts and different.
      2. NEXUS 19 May 2020 15: 36 New
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        Quote: KCA
        Our S-70 already flew in tandem with the SU-57 without operator control, so it's time

        Our robot Vityaz has already autonomously descended into the Mariana Trench, and returned.

        He set the flag of the Russian Federation at the bottom. And to date, no one has ever created a deep-sea robot capable of doing this offline without interfering with the operator’s control of the surface.
        1. KCA
          KCA 19 May 2020 15: 47 New
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          I’m not sure about the “Knight”, he still hung on the cable and the cable, they lifted him just with his hands, well, i.e. winch
          1. NEXUS 19 May 2020 15: 55 New
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            Quote: KCA
            I’m not sure about the “Knight”, he still hung on the cable and the cable, they lifted him just with his hands, well, i.e. winch

            Who told you that? The hero is a completely autonomous robot.

            Of course, they lifted him from the water with cranes, but he did everything else in the water on his own.
        2. Kerensky 19 May 2020 16: 04 New
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          He set the flag of the Russian Federation at the bottom. And to date, no one has ever created a deep-sea robot capable of doing this offline without interfering with the operator’s control of the surface.

          Hmm! .. If you screw a nut down on the flag and gurgle? Can't install?
          I'll try in the pond.
          1. NEXUS 19 May 2020 16: 06 New
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            Hmm! .. If you screw a nut down on the flag and gurgle? Can't install?
            I'll try in the pond.

            Yeah ... and at the same time, screwing the nut, make a three-dimensional map of the bottom of the reservoir. I'd like to look at your attempts. Yeah ...
            1. Kerensky 19 May 2020 16: 17 New
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              make a three-dimensional map of the bottom of the reservoir.

              For a pond, you can poke a stick and bring it into the table.
              For a deep-sea object, you can also do with an epoxy with a Kevlar thread at the level of the Young Technician magazine ...
              1. NEXUS 19 May 2020 16: 19 New
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                Quote: Kerensky
                For a deep-sea object, you can also do with an epoxy with a Kevlar thread at the level of the Young Technician magazine ...

                A curtain! wassat
                1. Kerensky 19 May 2020 16: 30 New
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                  Andrew!
                  The article is not about that. What is AI for a bunch of pilots and UAVs? The cadavric has six standard tasks. Do you agree? The rest are variations: "6.0 ... 5.1.9.3 ...."
                  That is, it is enough to screw the drones from the game Parkan, control from the Elite, well, and not to inflate the code. The same Elite worked on 48 Kilobytes (!) Of RAM and a Z80 process.
                2. sabakina 19 May 2020 17: 09 New
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                  Andrey, at the age of three I was drowning in my village in a fire pond. On the surface, only the panama swam. If Cyril wants to experience my sensations, let him gurgle. wink
        3. Normal ok 20 May 2020 04: 19 New
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          Quote: NEXUS
          Quote: KCA
          Our S-70 already flew in tandem with the SU-57 without operator control, so it's time

          Our robot Vityaz has already autonomously descended into the Mariana Trench, and returned.

          He set the flag of the Russian Federation at the bottom

          Strongly said.
    2. AVTOHTON 19 May 2020 15: 51 New
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      Quote: rocket757
      For such a big thing .... it's still too early!
      Although, the level of tasks is not great, it’s possible to truncate something “childish”.


      Well, there will obviously be many Russian-speaking people ... hi
      And then they will be slammed! You understand me men!
      1. rocket757 19 May 2020 18: 12 New
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        Those who have taken root there are already there. They made their choice. Now we do not care about them, ourselves, ourselves.
  4. A. Privalov 19 May 2020 15: 15 New
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    Well, the American special services have long learned how to disconnect people via satellite, so it will not be harder to steal the brains of an unmanned aircraft. yes
    1. sabakina 19 May 2020 15: 38 New
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      Quote: A. Privalov
      Well, the American special services have long learned how to disconnect people via satellite, so it will not be harder to steal the brains of an unmanned aircraft. yes

      I have long said that they are cyborgs. They flooded the whole planet! laughing
      1. AVTOHTON 19 May 2020 15: 53 New
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        Quote: sabakina
        I have long said that they are cyborgs. They flooded the whole planet!

        Our wallets and cards ..there I agree! wink
  5. Doccor18 19 May 2020 15: 17 New
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    A swarm of UAVs, followed by 2-3 fighter control and guidance. Behind this bunch is the future of the Air Force. The whole question is the creation of AI and secure channels for transmitting information.
    1. Stena 19 May 2020 23: 13 New
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      Quote: Doccor18
      Roy UAV

      Correctly say - "dig, not a swarm!" =)
  6. KVU-NSVD 19 May 2020 15: 26 New
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    UAVs will have to fly forward with radars on to detect enemy radar.
    Dangerous can turn out to be a tandem. Especially if you manage to make such a drone a cheap consumable. The truth will have to give the drone EPR and the speed of the fighter, otherwise the air defense systems will easily "weed out" them in priority. Pvoshnikov should think about new methods of struggle.
    1. voyaka uh 19 May 2020 17: 23 New
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      "The truth will have to give the drone EPR and the speed of the fighter," ///
      ----
      This drone Kratos is a jet. Flies at a speed of 0.85 MAX.
      EPR is comparable to modern consumers.
  7. Alex66 19 May 2020 15: 41 New
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    In vain they indulge with this AI, did not carefully look at the Terminator. AI can accept them as a threat.
    1. sabakina 19 May 2020 15: 56 New
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      Program Skyborg with a flick of the hand turns into SkyNet. wink
      1. Vol4ara 20 May 2020 11: 13 New
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        Quote: sabakina
        Program Skyborg with a flick of the hand turns into SkyNet. wink

        I don’t have sky, great provider!
  8. Sergey39 19 May 2020 15: 42 New
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    Another failed waste on a super-duper weapon. Of course, this is the future, but distant. Not by 2023.
  9. asv363 19 May 2020 15: 47 New
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    US Air Force announces tender for artificial intelligence for UAVs

    Its not enough?
    1. sabakina 19 May 2020 15: 57 New
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      If only they didn’t pass their own to robots. wink
      1. asv363 19 May 2020 16: 15 New
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        If they bombed wedding trains with theirs, now the UAV will do it.
    2. askort154 19 May 2020 15: 59 New
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      asv363 ..... What's missing?

      Americans play with AI when they understand who on the planet Earth craps the most. am
  10. askort154 19 May 2020 15: 49 New
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    In the framework of the announced tender, participants are invited to develop prototypes of a software and hardware complex that allows the navigator of a two-seat fighter to control several wing-drivers at once.

    And what kind of AI is it, if it is controlled by a live homo sapiens with a navigational ruler in its hands. belay no
    1. bk316 19 May 2020 16: 12 New
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      And what kind of AI

      AI elements. The tasks are simple - the detection and suppression of air defense. In fact, AI doesn’t need detection and selection of targets here, the problem has long been solved on our air defense systems without any AI. Maybe here the AI ​​is generally for advertising. Some kind of AI is needed to fully cover the leader, but also primitive.
    2. voyaka uh 19 May 2020 17: 24 New
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      "if he will be controlled by a living homo sapiens" ///
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      It’s not to be controlled, it flies on the map, according to its program,
      and get information from him.
    3. Vol4ara 20 May 2020 11: 15 New
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      Quote: askort154
      In the framework of the announced tender, participants are invited to develop prototypes of a software and hardware complex that allows the navigator of a two-seat fighter to control several wing-drivers at once.

      And what kind of AI is it, if it is controlled by a live homo sapiens with a navigational ruler in its hands. belay no

      Living homo sapiens will give them commands, for this they mold AI
  11. Zaurbek 19 May 2020 16: 06 New
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    AI in Russia oversees Sberbank.
  12. spectr 19 May 2020 17: 13 New
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    It is emphasized that the prototype should be created on a modular basis, i.e. Additional functions should not be added to the system by a complete flashing, but by adding a new module.

    Screwed up, IMHO. wink Artificial intelligence is a self-learning system, and here it seems, taking into account the requirements, everything will degenerate into a limited set of algorithms.
    1. voyaka uh 19 May 2020 17: 31 New
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      Self-learning, I think, will be only pieces of software.
      And most of it: like unmanned car software in a city.
      All the information will be received and recorded by the host, flying from behind.
      So they will train and "wind up" the software gradually.
  13. engineer74 19 May 2020 18: 16 New
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    Rossnano and Skolkovo are simply obliged to participate and win this tender! bully USAF and DARPA budgets will definitely not suffer such a blow wink
  14. gridasov 19 May 2020 18: 22 New
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    The good thing is that the Americans recognized the impossibility of creating a quantum computer without solving the mathematical foundations of combinatorial optimization of big data. And this, in principle, does not make it possible to use AI as such. Since associative computational tasks are not analysis, but banal simple functions, this is done, and this is not done and is not perceived at all, etc.
  15. syndicalist 19 May 2020 18: 52 New
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    In my opinion, the use of AI provides two main possibilities:
    1) Autonomous movement in the database area, which makes the electronic warfare systems useless.
    2) Independent decision-making on the destruction of manpower, which opens up new horizons in hybrid wars
    1. bk316 20 May 2020 11: 40 New
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      AI provides two main features

      neither one nor the other is clear. Can you explain?
      Why electronic warfare is useless, electronic warfare is not limited to suppressing communications with UAVs, the tasks of electronic warfare are much wider.
      What are the new horizons in hybrid wars, anyway, the side that used it is responsible for the UAV.
      1. syndicalist 20 May 2020 18: 34 New
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        EW capabilities are almost completely limited by communication suppression. Plus interference for satellite navigation. No, theoretically it is possible to create such a field strength that will cause a malfunction or failure of the electronics, but it is unlikely that it will ever be somehow effective outside the laboratory walls.
        As for the "hybrid" application, it is much easier for the user to unlock themselves - they say, not mine, there are a lot of such people on the market. Unlike ichtamnet, the drone will not report anything if the self-destruction module fails and under torture.
        1. bk316 20 May 2020 20: 35 New
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          EW capabilities are almost completely limited by communication suppression.

          Not at all, learn the materiel, the electronic warfare tasks are basically reduced to suppressing radar, GPS, and similar devices. As for communication suppression, communication is not only with UAVs. Thus, AI will make EWs not completely useless, but 5 percent.
          Unlike ichtamnet,

          A lot of pilots shot down over the past 20 years captured? And how many hit drummers failed to determine the origin? It seems that the answer to both questions is 0.
  16. Fantazer911 19 May 2020 20: 09 New
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    If AI will be developed in the USA, then it will obviously think like the State Department, and this is with their warlike rhetoric, and it’s not far from the war, the Pentagon is obviously preparing for war, and at such a pace, this is clearly not good!
  17. Comrade Michael 19 May 2020 22: 40 New
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    Well, you are dreamers in discussions .... We need to know the state of our brains today ....))) They dream of intelligence with science, which is 59th in the world ...))) we are 30 years behind, and I I think so far no one is really reducing our distance in this area. How do I know that? These are my professional conjectures ...) Some patriots like it or not, and the United States will remain the leader in the military-industrial complex and science. And we are crouching on the sidelines for 20-30 years ...
    1. spectr 20 May 2020 10: 46 New
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      Whether some patriots like it or not, the United States will remain the leader in the military-industrial complex and science. And we are crouching on the sidelines for 20-30 years ...

      Today the USA is a leader, but their future is foggy. They have a competitor to China. He also began to buy up brains from around the world, as America does.
      The size of the curb depends on the direction. Where at the level, and somewhere and all 60 years behind.
      1. bk316 20 May 2020 11: 48 New
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        somewhere and all 60 years behind.

        I’m directly interested.
        In what area of ​​the military-industrial complex or scientific discipline are we at the level of the USA of the 60s?
      2. Comrade Michael 20 May 2020 16: 51 New
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        I know the USA will fall apart someday ... And everyone will fall apart. And we will not fall apart, we will just sit on the sidelines with a proud look.
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      2. Comrade Michael 20 May 2020 16: 55 New
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        And I myself worked in the department of advanced developments, though 20 years ago, but this does not stop me from noticing that we are moving very very slowly, and there are also open vacancies on xx. Ru and there you can see what kind of funny salaries are offered for serious engineers .... Well, you yourself absolutely must not be appreciated. I didn’t look for myself, but to prevent children from falling into poverty, as I did in my time.
      3. Comrade Michael 20 May 2020 16: 57 New
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        My father and mother have been doing this all my life. They knew everything from the inside ...
        1. bk316 20 May 2020 17: 03 New
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          My father and mother have been doing this all my life.

          And the supervisor of my supervisor laughing (Academician of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR, creator of truly Soviet computers) granddaughter is an artist. Do you think she understands microkernel OS?
      4. Comrade Michael 20 May 2020 17: 00 New
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        And yes, all the serious literature on this subject by American authors. Russia in these areas of scientific research occupies a place in the last twenty ...
        1. bk316 20 May 2020 17: 17 New
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          Russia in these areas of scientific research occupies a place in the last twenty ...

          But minus the lies. Although the rating is biased, it is still not in the last twenty, but in the first thirty. laughing
          https://ai4d.ai/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/ai-gov-readiness-report_v08.pdf
      5. Comrade Michael 20 May 2020 17: 02 New
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        You can rub on. But to engage in science, it seems to me, it’s not about TV to talk about analogue and disyters on the Internet to rub, which do not pull on the course ....
        1. bk316 20 May 2020 17: 05 New
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          But to engage in science, it seems to me, it’s not about TV to talk about analogue and disyters on the Internet to rub, which do not pull on the course ....

          You are certainly right, although obviously you didn’t do either laughing In the sense of neither science nor work on TV
          1. Comrade Michael 20 May 2020 17: 07 New
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            I'm violet what you think and say. I myself read modern dissertations. 87% trash.
            1. bk316 20 May 2020 17: 18 New
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              what you think and say.

              Are we already on you? belay

              I myself read modern dissertations.

              The second time is no longer ridiculous - people who can judge the level of development of certain areas in science do not read dissertations - THEY WRITE THEM
          2. Comrade Michael 20 May 2020 17: 10 New
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            I did not speak about it. But I'm from this environment. I have a fairly high intellectual and educational level and a good life experience. And I see clearly, professionally, how I and others hang noodles on my ears ... Prof. deformation.