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.

2 comments:

jimbrown said...

Attack with 1000s of mothballed b17s.

Dov Sar said...

The Navy has had this capability for decades.