F-35 2070? Air force says ‘software’ will decide who will be the winner of future wars

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)

Fly the F-35 all the way to 2070, block enemy missiles in the middle of the flight and the use of AI to help quickly precision-guided weapons are all technologies that increasingly hinge on rapid software development — inspiring Air Force leaders to say “software” will determine the winner of future wars.

“In a future war, then we can change the software every day as a necessary factor for the win,” Dr. Will Roper, Deputy Secretary-general of the air force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, recently told reporters.

This modern phenomenon, in which weapons systems are more computer-reliant, promotes a complex of two-fold dynamic; it brings unprecedented control of the benefits, but also requires cyber-hardening, networks, and accelerate the software of modernisation.

Software upgrades, for example, radar systems, new threat information, ensuring improved viewfinder guidance for weapons and massively shorten sensor-to-shooter time by connecting otherwise disconnected networks and weapons to each other in real-time.

Such technical developments, relying on the rapidly emerging new algorithms increase exponentially commanders the ability to both the threats and attacks of enemies. All of this is reinforced by the growing applications of the computer of the automation and AI.

“AI life to get software right,” Roper said.

During the explain of the Air Force effort to the sharpness of the strategy on “agile software development,” Roper pulled out a handful of fast-moving acquisition programs infused with a faster software modernization of the plan.

With the help of the processing speed of the computer and real-time analytics, AI systems can directly access the millions of bits of information, looking for trends, drawing parallels and otherwise diverse sources of information to commanders in a clear, direct way.

Such technological progress share the technical basis for the F-35 “sensor fusion,” in which the control of the relevant data from the various sensors to be synthesized for the pilot on a single display.

The air force is looking to build on what scientists have described Warrior Maven as early iterations of AI.

In addition to sensors, networks and weapons, the software is also indispensable to the hugely impressive areas of support, logistics and condition based maintenance.

These areas, woven together as elements of the focus, the foundation upon which the air force is trying to build with the F-35 the ability to fly up to 2070.

The durability, the lasting relevance and technical superiority of the F-35 pilots and weapons developers say, relies entirely on the extent to which it can sustain rapid modernization.

At the same time, keeping the F-35 as the world’s premier 5th generation fighter is not without a wide variety of challenges. Legislators, members of the army and of the concerned observers have raised questions about the challenges with the aircraft and the anticipated support difficulties in connection with it.

The air force is planning to solve this problem, Roper explains, is the implementation of the new pathfinder pilot programs for the F-35 on the basis of the accelerated software modernization. He called his new efforts with the F-35’s Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS) and the plane is the Mission of the Data Files threat library as well as areas of initial focus.

Fast upgrade of ALIS, a system that has developmental complexity in the recent years, the cost, improve the supply chain and greatly reduce the logistical burden.

Efficient identification of the expected points of potential mechanical failure not only improves the mission of safety, but streamlines aircraft repair and endurance.

The keep upgrades aligned with new software and AI applications is focused on ensuring the aircraft keeps flying, and retains a technical advantage.

“ALIS is something we can work to prove that we can do from a software drop every few weeks or every few months,” Roper said.

Often referred to as Condition-Based Maintenance, the idea is to speed up the process by means of which engines, drive systems, sensors, and electronic may need to be maintained and improved.

To make use of the ever-changing forms of machine-learning, AI programs can compare the new data with the existing historical information to almost instantly identify systems in need of attention. Such a device also provides the mechanisms for the rapid modernization can take place.

When provided with information, machine-learning programs that allow computers to distinguish the nuances, context and relevant patterns as a way to generate immediate breakthrough of progress.

This kind of things can give pilots real-time information about an aircraft breakdown or other urgent information, such as enemy locations.

Another application of software modernization can allow for quick upgrades to the F-35 is the Mission of the Data Files. If an existing database of existing threats in specific geographic regions, Mission data files pilots to quickly identify enemy aircraft by comparing the sensor information against an existing data base.

Air force engineers have been working on software upgrades for the F-35 is the Mission of the Data Files on Eglin AFB, Fla. This kind of quick upgrades, and entirely new software, will allow the pilots to quickly identify new aircraft of the enemy as they arise – such as a Chinese J-20 5th generation stealth fighter.

The air force is working with DoD and industry partners to integrate AI-based software in F-16’s and the E-3 Sentry AWACS aircraft, industry, the developer said.

C3 IoT is the cooperation with the air force and the Pentagon, the Defense Experimental Unit (DIUx) aggregating and organizing structured and unstructured data sets in a unified cloud-based data-system, financial statements said.

This kind of real-time Condition-Based Maintenance, with the help of onboard sensors to collect maintenance data and on-board analytics, the combat of the essential information can be provided to the pilots in an almost immediate way, C3 IoT developers told Defense from a few months ago.

Data can be transferred through things like LINK 16 in real-time from sensors on-board or downloaded on return, C3 I0T developers said. They also say such applications are highly relevant when it comes to keeping track of things such as engine or drive train.

Finding sufficient expertise in a large number of people, retaining the best and brightest and to ensure that there are enough developers to see this through is also a large focus of the effort, Roper said.

“We are the resources of people available and actively looking for opportunities to address this development. I try to make sure that talent is available to help. This can be the get of talent from outside,” Roper said.

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