Artificial intelligence software has successfully flown the XQ-58A Valkyrie drone, the Air Force Research Laboratory said on Aug. 2.
The U.S. laboratory led the units on a three-hour sortie during a test at the Eglin Test and Training Complex in Florida on July 25. The flight is the result of two years of work and a partnership with Skyborg Vanguard, a laboratory and staff from the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center to produce the unmanned combat aircraft.
Officially [artificial intelligence and machine learning] will enable the ability to develop agents. The AI test and operations major is building the CCA program, or Allied Combat Aircraft, designed to create combat drones.
The Autonomous Air Combat Operations team developed the algorithms for the flight. It took millions of hours to mature in simulations, with the X-62 VISTA aircraft, working with the XQ-58A and during ground testing.
Previous flights of the XQ-58A Valkyrie aided the Air Force’s efforts in wingmen research. Kratos Defense and Security Solutions produced the drone. The Air Force Research Laboratory is the Service’s primary scientific research and development centre that will support the discovery, development, and development of cost-effective warfighting technologies for the nation’s air, space, and cyberspace forces.