Air Force seeking smarter drone with ‘Skyborg’ program | Tom Roeder – Colorado Springs Gazette

The F-22 is still nearly new and the F-35 is rolling off the assembly line, but the Air Force is already looking for a new fighter for its fleet — this time without the pilot.

The Air Force this month kicked its “Skyborg” program into high gear as it seeks a robotic wingman for its fighters. And it’s a robot that will be smarter than the drones the Air Force has flown since 9/11.

“Embedded within the teamed aircraft, complex algorithms and cutting-edge sensors enable the autonomy to make decisions based on established rules of engagement set by manned teammates,” the Air Force Research Laboratory said on its website. “Field tests will ensure the algorithms’ accuracy and verify that the system continuously operates within the constraints established during mission planning.”