Russia is developing weapons that will be able to use artificial intelligence to select targets and outmaneuver defensive systems, according to Russian defense officials. These weapons could include missiles, drones and aircraft in the future.
“Work in this area is under way. This is a very serious field where fundamental research is required. As of today, certain successes are available, but we’ll still have to work for several years to achieve specific results,” said Tactical Missiles Corporation CEO Boris Obnosov Speaking at the annual Zhukovsky-based MosAeroShow (MAKS-2017), reported Newsweek.
“It is impossible to build a missile-carrying bomber invisible to radars and supersonic at the same time. This is why focus is placed on stealth capabilities. The PAK DA will carry AI-guided missiles with a range of up to 7,000 kilometers (about 4,350 miles). Such a missile can analyze the aerial and radio-radar situation and determine its direction, altitude and speed. We’re already working on such missiles,” Bondarev told Russia’s official Rossiyskaya Gazeta newspaper in comments translated and analyzed by The Aviationist, reported Newsweek.
Earlier this year, the U.S. military confirmed had successfully tested its first swarm of micro-drones that will have autonomous capabilities on the battlefield. Russia does not want to fall behind in AI technology.
“In one of the most significant tests of autonomous systems under development by the Department of Defense, the Strategic Capabilities Office, partnering with Naval Air Systems Command, successfully demonstrated one of the world’s largest micro-drone swarms at China Lake, California,” declared the U.S. Department of Defense via a statement in January 2017.
“It will, undoubtedly, happen in the future. To date, it’s too early to talk about such ‘swarms,’ except for some secret programs, perhaps. Still, there already exist completely autonomous AI operation systems that provide the means for UAV clusters, when they fulfill missions autonomously, sharing tasks between them, and interact,” said Armen Isaakyan, CEO of the Kronstadt Group.
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