While there are not many famous weapon developers who believe pilots have to be replaced by a computer in the near term, the latest technology proves a drone is coming soon and has a distinct advantage in combat. Russia also Digadang-gadang will soon present unmanned Su-57 stealth jet fighters to rival the U.S. military.
The Media of the Russian government RIA Novosti reported the country is now testing the unmanned Su-57 fighter aircraft at an “undisclosed” location.
That move seemed to be part of Russia’s broader efforts to rival the United States and NATO by delivering unmanned weapons and flights for a more effective standby distance, as well as increased mission coverage for the fifth-generation stealth aircraft.
The announcement of RIA Novosti, which is referenced in a report from Popular Mechanics, cited the “anonymous” source and seemed to only give a little detail.
Russian government Media sometimes also “exaggerate” some of its weapons and military technology. Nonetheless, if true, the unmanned Su-57 jet fighter does not mean placing Russia in front of U.S. jet fighter technology, given the ongoing development of American unmanned aviation.
Over the years until now, the United States Air Force Research Laboratory and other service weapons developers have made rapid progress with the concept of “loyal wingman”. The idea is that it allows aircraft pilots such as the F-22 or F-35 to steer and control a small fleet of nearby aircraft.
It changed the tactical equations substantially by allowing manned aircraft to perform intelligence, surveillance, and monitoring (ISR), testing enemy air defense, and perhaps even conducting attacks at safer distances.
One big advantage, among other things, is that it is not only a more organic or close-up ability to control a nonmanned aircraft from the air, but also a massive enhancement of stealth features.
For example, drones are now operated from ground terminals, often remotely across continents. Enabling air-to-air operations can make navigation, data sharing, and whole air combat options faster and more feasible.
In fact, Boeing and The Royal Australian Air Force have announced the presence of the “loyal wingman” stealth aircraft that is preparing to fly by mid-2020, according to a report at IEEE Spectrum. The Woomera, so called, was announced as The “Airpower Teaming System”.
Regarding the unmanned combat aircraft alone, it has been developed for many years with the United States Air Force. AU US demonstrated the unmanned fighter jets many years ago. When the algorithm allows unmanned aircraft to continue to rise, the U.S. military has rapidly developed a wide scope of unmanned aircraft. The prospect is not only very close, but it is pretty much present here.
The Boeing X-45 unmanned combat aircraft first flew at 2002. The US Air Force has successfully tested a number of non-manned fighter jets in subsequent years.
A few years ago, according to The National Interest record, former U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus told attendees at the Air Force Association, the F-35 fighter jet was probably the last manned combat aircraft ever made.
While the early sixth-generation Air Force is working conceptually (already involved with some preliminary prototypes and technical experiments), it’s likely to imagine a new platform that is capable of manned or unsophisticated operations.
Significantly, the US Air Force at the time had not determined that a new sixth-generation system would in fact be a “platform”. That’s a hint, the sixth generation system could be some aerial vehicles, perhaps combining the kind of unmanned and manned teams.
Interestingly, the initial industrial prototype of the sixth-generation aircraft showed models without tails or fins. Such appearances show the success of substantial technical maturation in terms of enabling maneuverability, vectors, and even typical hot signals of the future stealth aircraft.
However, in general, the algorithm that allows unmanned flights has evolved to the point when unmanned fighter jets can maneuver quickly, find targets, and make quick adjustments related to emerging dynamics.
However, despite the promised advances and unmanned technology, only a handful of significant weapon developers believe pilots should be replaced in the near term. There is a unique decision making accompanying human cognition, such as the ability to take into account and respond to a number of variables that are intertwined at a time, which are not based on estimates believed to be currently replicated by a computer-enabled system.
The sharing of information and air-to-air networks is a prominent tactical and strategic objective associated with the unmanned system, reported from The National Interest, as evidenced by the emerging sixth-generation combat aircraft program.
In addition to advancing speed, stealth features, maneuverability, and attack technology, the Air Force Penetrating Counter Air/NGAD program is equally focused on the exchange of information itself as a defining element of future warfare.
Such an approach (with a look outside of the system and the isolated weapon itself) envisions a vast “network” battle with a war platform that operates as a “knot” in the larger weapons system and war sensors that work together in real-time.
Such technical emphasis of course covers the entire field of manned-unmanned systems, as the new platform itself is likely to have manned and unmanned operational capabilities.