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American helicopter UH-60 Black Hawk tested in drone mode

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A new unmanned flight system installed on the UH-60 Black Hawk multipurpose helicopter has been tested in the United States. As reported by NPlus1 with reference to Flightglobal, the helicopter made a fully autonomous flight in drone mode along a predetermined route.


Sikorsky teamed up with the Defense Advanced Development Agency (DAPRA) to test the Matrix unmanned flight system. The whole difficulty of the tests was that the system was installed on an outdated version of the UH-60A helicopter, which was not equipped with a fly-by-wire control system.

Despite this, the helicopter flew in a completely autonomous mode along a predetermined route, flying around virtual obstacles. For the first time, there were two pilots in the cockpit, ready to take over if necessary, but this was not required.


The next stage will be a helicopter flight without pilots, then a group of three cars.

Since 2010, Sikorsky has been developing the Matrix system, which is a software and hardware complex located in a small container. It can be installed on any aircraft equipped with an electro-remote control system (EDSU).

The system can provide several flight modes: completely unmanned, under the control of a single pilot using automation and under the control of two pilots. Unmanned mode provides control of the aircraft using the tablet.

The system has already been tested on the S-76B and UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters, the Cessna Caravan light aircraft, and the F-16 Block 30 fighter.
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  1. Vladimir_2U
    Vladimir_2U 30 March 2021 11: 15
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    The whole difficulty of the tests was that the system was installed on an outdated version of the UH-60A helicopter, which was not equipped with a fly-by-wire control system.
    Kill all the people getting closer and closer! And in fact, it is a very cool achievement, this is the RUV, the step-gas and the pedals should be controlled by the robot or what?
    But no, I looked at the vidos, they shoveled everything inside. So-so achievement.
    1. Grandfather
      Grandfather 30 March 2021 11: 24
      +1
      on the "black shark" like there was a function of "return" to the airfield? if the pilot didn't respond.
      1. Vladimir_2U
        Vladimir_2U 30 March 2021 11: 33
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        Quote: Dead Day
        the "black shark" seemed to have a "return" function to the airfield
        Probably, but I tupanul, you don't need to shovel anything, it's enough to grab onto the autopilot.
        1. val43
          val43 30 March 2021 11: 39
          +2
          How is that? But as? Many "picked up"? It's that simple! And you don't need to "shovel" anything!
          1. Vladimir_2U
            Vladimir_2U 30 March 2021 11: 52
            +1
            Quote: val43
            Many "picked up"? It's that simple!

            In the shaggy years, obsolete combat vehicles were converted into drones, and without the EDSU. I'm not talking about AI and electronics at all, I fantasized about mechanics, and then I remembered about the autopilot.
            1. Dodikson
              Dodikson 30 March 2021 11: 56
              +1
              +1 back in 70, obsolete airplanes were converted for training purposes.
              and then the electronics were scanty and the possibilities were much weaker
            2. val43
              val43 30 March 2021 11: 57
              +1
              And, understandably ... And then I was thinking - where is the autopilot, and where is the AI. Mechanics is the tenth thing here.
            3. dauria
              dauria 30 March 2021 12: 25
              +1
              I'm not talking about AI and electronics at all, I fantasized about mechanics, and then I remembered about the autopilot.


              The KAU-30B hydraulic booster has two control valves, from the mechanics and the electric drive - from the AP-34 autopilot. And the equations in the control loop are very serious, continuous integral-differential mathematics laughing ... On the Mi-8 with the included AP, the person is not the king, but one of the input control signals. So this is more than half a century.
              So adding mathematics in the form of ready-made control voltages to the roll, pitch, heading, even altitude and speed channels is not a problem. But what to do with the step-gas knob, right correction and in general with everything from turning on all the toggle switches and starting to closing the fire hydrants ...
              1. Vladimir_2U
                Vladimir_2U 30 March 2021 12: 27
                +1
                Quote: dauria
                But what to do with the step-gas knob, right-hand correction, and in general with everything from turning on all the toggle switches and starting up to closing the fire hydrants.
                Here, I'm about the same thing!
  2. OgnennyiKotik
    OgnennyiKotik 30 March 2021 11: 23
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    A logical and sensible step. Optional unmanned aerial, ground and marine technology has already become a mandatory requirement for the systems being developed and will naturally extend to the existing one. The same Azerbaijan with the unmanned An-2 has shown in practice the possibilities of such modernization.
    The most practical application is when two pilots fly four or more UH-60s while in one of them.
  3. rocket757
    rocket757 30 March 2021 11: 25
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    American helicopter UH-60 Black Hawk tested in drone mode
    Okay, guys are working, experimenting!
    Who else is doing things with AI really, and not in words?
    It's not hard to guess.
    1. Ross xnumx
      Ross xnumx 30 March 2021 11: 47
      -4
      Quote: rocket757
      Okay, guys are working, experimenting!

      Is it okay? What are the guys doing experiments or what is the purpose of these experiments to destroy people? I know of two "not weak" experiments from August 1945. Why they were installed is not difficult to guess.
      And then there was SDI. And then there were "stealth technologies." Now experimenting with AI. It is reasonable to assume that the AI ​​can be incapacitated in the same way (simply and effectively) as incapacitating (killing) a living enemy. I welcome the use of AI in the same exploration of Mars. Forgive me, I do not think that AI in military equipment is capable of providing undeniable advantages to developers, which does not exclude the improvement of the characteristics and capabilities of AI in comparison with human ones.
      Americans are not the kind of people who make inventions for the benefit of humanity. Although, capitalism has no nationality.
      1. rocket757
        rocket757 30 March 2021 11: 59
        +2
        NORMAL, it means the specialists are working .... the rest is all the "lyrics" for which the politicians are responsible.
        Ours also work the same way, and if they do not do the job quickly and efficiently, then politicians will have desires ... different.
        You can talk about the responsibility of scientists / engineers / workers for what they created / made weapons, BUT. weapons will be created and used ... humanity has not yet learned to live peacefully, alas.
        1. Ross xnumx
          Ross xnumx 30 March 2021 12: 16
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          Quote: rocket757
          NORMAL, this means the specialists are working .... the rest is all "lyrics" for which politicians are responsible.

          It's right. Detachment 731 also worked, but that was not normal.
          1. rocket757
            rocket757 30 March 2021 12: 30
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            Quote: ROSS 42
            It's right. Detachment 731 also worked, but that was not normal.

            It was a crime ... like many such "jobs".
            The human community SOMETIMES realizes that one cannot go over the line and condemns the guilty.
            Alas, alas, this does not always happen, not in all such cases ... scientists will still work and create different things, for the good and harm of humanity.
            What kind of judge should be over all, different cases ... I don't know. There is no consensus on this issue ... alas.
            1. Ross xnumx
              Ross xnumx 30 March 2021 12: 40
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              Quote: rocket757
              It was a crime ... like many such "jobs".

              Do you want to discuss this particular case (presented in the article)? You are welcome! I believe that creating a machine to destroy people because of disagreements in the degree and criteria of "humiliation and insult" is cynicism. The same as the extermination of Indians with bows and arrows by means of cannons.
              Quote: rocket757
              Human community SOMETIMES he realizes that one cannot go beyond and condemns the guilty.

              Did those annihilated Indians feel better from admitting (not admitting) guilt by the "conquerors of America"?
              Quote: rocket757
              scientists will still work and create different things, for the good and to the detriment of humanity.

              It is the works of scientists that are for the benefit of humanity that I enjoy. The activities of politicians using the achievements of science to achieve OWN CORE PURPOSES disgusting to me.
              1. rocket757
                rocket757 30 March 2021 12: 53
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                Such reasoning is useless at this stage of the development of society ...
                You will be nodded, clapped, supported in words, some even in deeds ...
                And what will change from this now, tomorrow, after after tomorrow?
                Any business, even the most sensible, requires some \ many efforts in order to realize it.
                Any normal person can join if he sees that this is a REAL BUSINESS ... and so, in words, you can say a lot, there will be no talk.
      2. val43
        val43 30 March 2021 12: 08
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        Quote: ROSS 42
        Although, capitalism has no nationality.

        And what does capitalism have to do with it? One might think that no experiments were carried out in the USSR. And if they did, it was exclusively with peaceful intentions.
        1. Ross xnumx
          Ross xnumx 30 March 2021 12: 24
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          Quote: val43
          One might think that no experiments were carried out in the USSR.

          Think so. The head is needed not only to eat and wear a hat. In the USSR, there was enough negativity and experiments there put “bless you”. It was because of this that part of the population experienced inconvenience. That is why the foundations of the socialist economy irritated those who had successfully “paid off” for all their humiliations and obstacles to speculative activity.
          Why should I rejoice today at the success of the Americans (potential enemies of Russia) in creating more advanced weapons?
    2. Blackmokona
      Blackmokona 30 March 2021 11: 54
      +1
      Who invests and gets
      https://m.habr.com/ru/news/t/549340/
      The United States is in first place in terms of investment. The volume of investments in the industry in the country reaches $ 23,6 billion, for the year it grew by almost 20%.

      Next on the list are China and India. These countries have invested $ 10 and $ 0,5 billion in AI last year.

      Last year, the volume of private investment in artificial intelligence in Russia fell by almost a quarter. If in 2019 it was $ 26 million, then in 2020 it did not exceed $ 18 million.
      1. Ross xnumx
        Ross xnumx 30 March 2021 12: 25
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        Quote: BlackMokona
        Who invests and gets

        I put the voucher into the IF "Moscow Real Estate". Got a fuck. Or is it different?
        1. vadimtt
          vadimtt 30 March 2021 12: 40
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          Of course otherwise, it was necessary to invest in KakaCola laughing
        2. Blackmokona
          Blackmokona 30 March 2021 12: 41
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          Of course, you took part in the legalization of the mass plunder of the country. Not investment
          1. Ross xnumx
            Ross xnumx 30 March 2021 12: 43
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            Quote: BlackMokona
            Of course, you took part in the legalization of the mass plunder of the country. Not investment

            My God, how many people on the site are strong "hindsight". There was no choice, but did you invest in the oil industry and gold mines? wassat
            1. Blackmokona
              Blackmokona 30 March 2021 12: 50
              -1
              And wherever you invested, you would get a whole nothing. The people who got it all got it and organized it
  4. Niko
    Niko 30 March 2021 11: 34
    +1
    Yes, "SKYNET" is not far off, maybe at least then people will turn on their brains and try to cooperate (if not to be friends)
    1. rocket757
      rocket757 30 March 2021 12: 00
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      Quote: Niko
      Yes, "SKYNET" is not far off, maybe at least then people will turn on their brains and try to cooperate (if not to be friends)

      Maybe they will turn it on, they will cooperate ... when not some, the most, the most, exceptional ones WILL have what and how to respond to any opponent's move.
      1. mojohed2012
        mojohed2012 30 March 2021 12: 29
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        Nobody asked the question: Why would this helicopter be converted into a drone at all ?.
        Lucky - he is supposed to be wounded from the battlefield, or healthy ones on the battlefield.
        Well, there will be no pilot, no shooters. And, by the way, who will control the onboard machine guns on it, if they will be installed in the brackets?
        It feels like another cut.
        Would you like to make a real transport UAV - that's how an unmanned tiltrotor would do - and the frame and other new ones are modern, and here is the old helicopter: the pilot under the back foot and give it to the UAV operator to control it.
        And if the operator is not responsible, he will crash the cars and not scratch himself (he is not in it, his 5th point is not in danger), and the real pilot, saving himself, will fight to the end.
        1. rocket757
          rocket757 30 March 2021 12: 34
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          Experimenting ... it can be assumed that they have a goal, but what kind of ... but fig knows them.
          Maybe when the results are summed up, it will become clear request
        2. Blackmokona
          Blackmokona 30 March 2021 12: 42
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          Samsung has long been producing and installing fully autonomous turrets on the border with the DPRK, so it is not difficult to put automatic turrets for cover
          1. vadim dok
            vadim dok 30 March 2021 18: 02
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            Autonomous machine guns firing automatically / motion sensors /, put the GDR on the Berlin wall, shoot at a fleeing from the GDR to the FRG This was the beginning from 1963-1964.
            1. Victor Tsenin
              Victor Tsenin 31 March 2021 00: 10
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              A reliable proof would be nice to bring.
  5. Victor Tsenin
    Victor Tsenin 31 March 2021 00: 10
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    > The system can provide several flight modes: completely unmanned, under the control of one pilot with the help of automation, and under the control of two pilots.
    In the second and third cases, the system is simply amazing, I don’t know how we did without it before.