Monday, August 19, 2019

U.S. Air Force Can Now Turn Any Plane Into A Robot Plane

Defense One: Air Force Tests Contraption That Can Turn Any Plane Into a Robot Plane

Scientists say new ROBOpilot completed a two-hour test flight, essentially turning a manned plane into a drone.

Air Force scientists have announced that they had tested a robot kit that can turn virtually any plane into a self-piloting drone, through a program called ROBOpilot.

Why is that important? For starters, planes and drones are expensive. The drone shot down over Iran last month cost $220 million. For years the military has rushed to fund fabulous, exquisite drones of all shapes and sizes. Some, like the $15 million MQ-9 Reaper from General Atomics, are cheaper than manned military aircraft. But the big ones are more expensive than many types of civilian sport aircraft.

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Update: ROBOpilot makes maiden flight in US Air Force tests (New Atlas)

WNU Editor: Expect this technology to be applied to more expensive planes and fighters in the future.


jimbrown said...

Attack with 1000s of mothballed b17s.

Dov Sar said...

The Navy has had this capability for decades.