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Considering the F35 it would seem like human input is being replaced or its headed in that direction .Pre-programmed drones with on-board sensors do what they are told to do. I am sure that the technology for military equipment has two parts . The 1 part the public knows and the part hidden . If you can get a drone doing what you want it to do on Mars then how much of a big deal would it be over a distance of a few hundred miles . just saying
there still has to be some kind of human input
Yes I realize that but its not too hard that AI may replace the pilot in the not too distant future as well . It may actually exist now for all we know . Another thing to consider is that maybe they looked around at threats to marine fleets and battle ships and made the decision to go in a different direction . Considering that a 10/20/30k$ missile can take out a billion dollar ship from a guy in a row boat or standing on shore ,a new approach or mind set was needed .
The F-35 is designed all about the pilot. It gives the pilot as much information as possible to keep him informed about what's around.
Which is only a part of the point I was trying to make .Another aspect is what did intelligence discover about Russia's Technology over the past few years . One thing was their cruise missiles and the ships that can launch them .Another that is maybe true and maybe it isn't is the jamming features they might have . If true then back to the drawing board and a new strategy has to be worked out . That may be why Trump said he was going to re=build the military . The old standard ways of war wouldn't work facing what they may have discovered . just saying
It depends on the technology involved. The F-117 was about 10 years, while the B-2 was fairly open from first flight. Then there are some that are pushing 30 years in the deep black.
originally posted by: the2ofusr1
a reply to: Zaphod58 With drone technology being what it is and auto pilot ,one would think that needing flying time would be a thing of the past . just saying