The United States is being warned by China about the possible use of attack jets flown by AI.

China alerts the United States of the possibility of using AI-piloted fighter planes.


Frank Kendall, who is the secretary of the US Air Force, recently took a trip in an experimental F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jet that was equipped with and flown by artificial intelligence. The People’s Republic of China is worried about this, though, because AI in combat aircraft could mean a platform with better skills and reaction times than an aircraft flown by a person.

It is important to note that this is not the first time that an AI-controlled plane has been put through tests. The experimental X-62A VISTA plane, which was originally based on an F-16 fighter and used to test AI, fought other US Air Force F-16 fighters in a simulated aerial battle in the middle of April. Several simulations were run, with the focus on fighting F-16 jets from beyond visible range.

A few weeks later, the X-62A VISTA flew and turned at speeds of 885 km/h during another test that the Secretary of the US Air Force was there to see. Kendall said at an AI show in Washington, D.C., on May 8, “The combat between the AI fighter and the human pilot with ‘2,000 or 3,000 hours of experience’ was virtually equal.”

Because of this, South Morning China, an Asian news source, says that Chinese experts are watching this development with worry because using AI could mean that AI maneuvers are better than human pilots at fighting in the air. They also say that the trouble is that the planes need a lot of machine learning to be able to fight other planes.

However, China might not be too far behind the US when it comes to using this new technology. In South Morning China, it is said that the Asian giant is also learning new skills and practicing them on ground simulations. “We are working on it, but it might not be used in warplanes that have already been modified.” “Most likely, we will make new unmanned warplanes that are controlled by AI,” an expert said.

Even though there are no signs, China will likely do similar tests on its J-10 fighters. These planes are usually seen as competitors to the F-16 because they are flexible, have one engine, and are medium-sized. On the other hand, some say that the US wants to build a fleet of more than 1,000 robotic combat fighter units that will one day be controlled by AI.

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