USAF, Lock­heed Martin demon­strate manned/ un­manned team­ing


Lock­heed Martin Skunk Works, the Air Force Re­search Lab­o­ra­tory (AFRL), US Air Force Test Pi­lot School and Calspan Cor­po­ra­tion suc­cess­fully demon­strated manned/un­manned team­ing to im­prove com­bat ef­fi­ciency and ef­fec­tive­ness for the warfighter.

“This demon­stra­tion is an important mile­stone in AFRL’s mat­u­ra­tion of tech­nolo­gies needed to in­te­grate manned and un­manned air­craft in a strike pack­age,” said Cap­tain An­drew Petry, AFRL au­tonomous flight op­er­a­tions en­gi­neer. “We’ve not only shown how an un­manned com­bat air ve­hi­cle can per­form its mis­sion when things go as planned, but also how it will re­act and adapt to un­fore­seen ob­sta­cles along the way.”

Dur­ing the flight demon­stra­tion, an ex­per­i­men­tal F-16 air­craft acted as a sur­ro­gate un­manned com­bat air ve­hi­cle au­tonomously re­act­ing to a dy­namic threat en­vi­ron­ment dur­ing an air-to-ground strike mis­sion.

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