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originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: noeltrotsky
Optionally manned is a fancy way of saying manned that appeases the UAV champions. They won't even start testing air to air unmanned platforms until after 2020, after the F-X/F/A-XX have begun development.
originally posted by: infinityorder
Lol...that sounds about right.
Modern comps already outhink people.
Next gen, like say quantum comps....could outhink many people.
originally posted by: noeltrotsky
6th Gen Fighters are going to be pilotless. Basically super advanced drones. This allows the plane to conduct manuevers that would kill a human with G force. In reality the plane will be so different in capabilities from a current fighter they will hardly be comparable.
The problem is this even faster speed and mobility will make the human at the joystick in shipping container wherever much too slow to manage everything. Thus the 'AI', which isn't really full on AI, it's more automated responses to sensor input. Like a fighter identifying a missile threat and deploying countermeasures without any human instruction. Or making an enemy fighter contact, identifying the contact and performing a routine of maneuvers to gain a firing position without any human input.
Interesting about the self healing aspect. I really haven't heard much about it.