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Air force brings AI B-2, F-35 and F-15

File photo – F-35A Lightning II aircraft to receive fuel from a KC-10 Extender from Travis Air Force Base, California, July 13, 2015, during a flight from England to the united states of america (U. S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Madelyn Brown)

The US air force is now speeding down a massive AI push to cyber-harden networks, improving weapons systems and transforming functions of large control of the air platforms, such as the B-2, F-15 and F-35, the service, the officials said.

“The air force has more than 600 projects with a facet of artificial intelligence for tackling various mission,” Capt. Hope Cronin, an Air Force spokeswoman, told the Warrior Maven.

While AI can, of course, dramatically accelerate data consolidation, cloud migration and different types of much-needed cybersecurity, it is increasingly being applied, more generally, about the weapon systems and major platforms.

AI performs a wide range of functions that are not purely limited to the conventional views of THIS or cyberspace, computer algorithms are increasingly able to almost instantly gain access to vast pools of data, comparing and organizing information and performing automated procedural and analytical functions for human decision makers in a role of command and control.

In high-volume, redundant tasks are performed by means of computer automation, man is free to spend energy pursuing a wider range of interpretive or conceptual work.

For the F-35, B-2 and F-15, The Fast data-base access, the organisation of information and the execution of high-volume procedural functions are all the decided advantages of AI applications. Algorithms, for example, are increasingly able to scan, view, and organize, targeting, ISR and sensor input, such as navigation information, radar warning, information, images, or video.

The F-35, for example, makes use of early versions of artificial intelligence to help acquire, organise and present information to the pilot on a single screen without much human intervention. Often referred to as the easing of the cognitive burden on the pilots, the effort is aimed at systematically providing information from a large number of different sensors on a single screen. The F-35s much discussed sensor fusion, for example, is proof of this phenomenon, when it comes to consolidating targeting, navigation and sensor information for pilots.

A F-35 computer system, the Autonomic Logistics Information System, involves early applications of artificial intelligence in which computers reviews, go through checklists, organize information and make decisions by themselves – without human intervention.

The computer, the so-called ALIS, makes the aircraft logistics tail is more automated and is able to radio back information on motor, health, or other equipment.

A single, secure environment provides users with up-to-date information about any of these areas, the use of web-enabled applications on a distributed network, a statement of ALIS – builder Lockheed Martin says

ALIS serves as the information infrastructure for the F-35, transmitting aircraft health and maintenance action information to the appropriate users on a globally distributed network of technicians, worldwide, the state remains.

As a result, F-35 pilots will be able to control a small group of drones flying near the aircraft cockpit in the air, performing sensing, reconnaissance, and targeting functions.

At the time of the flight path, sensor cargo of weapons and the disposal of the air drones such as the Air Force Predators and Reapers are coordinated from ground control stations.

For example, real-time video images of the electro-optical/infrared sensors aboard an Air Force Predator, Reaper or Global Hawk drone can directly in a F-35 cockpit, without you having to go to a ground control station. This may speed up and the tactical input of drones on reconnaissance missions in the vicinity of where a fighter pilot would want to attack. In a fast-paced combat situations where both the air-to-air and air-to-ground threats, higher speed could make a big difference.

The prospect of the use of sophisticated algorithms and on-board computers to a variety of aircraft functions, which makes it also for human decision makers in a role of command and control, is further examined in a research paper from a London-based think-tank called “Chatham House – Royal Institute of International Affairs.”

The 2017 essay, entitled “Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Warfare,” explains how fighter bomber pilot “checklists” can be enabled by the AI as “cognitive-aid tools.”

“…the pilots rely heavily on procedures to help them manage the complexity of the different tasks. For example, when you fire-light, or other subsystem indicates a problem, pilots are trained to first stabilize the airplane (a skill), but then turn to the manual to determine the correct procedure (next line). These codified procedures are necessary, because there are many many solutions to possible problems to be forgotten,” the Chatham House paper writes.

The Air Force’s stealthy B-2 bomber is yet another example; the aircraft is receiving a new flight management control processor, increase the performance of the avionics and computer systems on board with approximately 1,000-times, Air Force officials said.

The upgrade is a big improvement over the old system, which more than a thousand times the processor throughput, memory, and speed of the network, according to senior Air Force leaders. The new processor will help automated programs for navigation and speed of the B-2s fly-by-wire technology – all of which are designed to be a pilot to spend energy on the most urgent fighting tasks with less intervention.

The B-2 Flight Management Control Processor Upgrade, also known as the Very High-Frequency, step size 1 processor upgrade is complete, the last plane to install in August 2016, Air Force officials told Warrior Maven last year.

Faster, more powerful processors will enable the aircraft avionics, radar, sensors and communication technologies to better identify and attack enemy targets. The sensor-to-shooter time will be greatly reduced, so that the B-2 to launch weapons much more effectively, so reducing the exposure to enemy attacks.

Although built in the 1980’s, the B-2 is a digital plane, which makes use of what’s called a “glass cockpit” for flight controls and systems on board.

The upgrade includes the re-hosting the flight management control processors, the brains of the aircraft, to much more capable integrated processing units. This results in the laying of a number of new fiber optic cable in contrast to the mix bus cable that is now, because the B-2’s computers from the 80s are getting maxed out and overloaded with data, Air Force officials told the Warrior.

Improved Processing capacity for the B-2 will be the coming integration of digital nuclear weapons such as the B61-12, service officials explained.

Also the Air Force’s F-15 is now designed with the fastest jet-computer processor in the world, called the Advanced Display Core Processor, or ADCPII.

“It is suitable for the processing of 87 billion instructions per second computing throughput, which translates into a faster and more reliable mission processing to make it possible for the crews,” Boeing spokesman Randy Jackson told Warrior last year.

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