Could artificial intelligence prepare US pilots for war against China and Russia?


The US Navy and US Air Force are working on a new generation of training technologies to prepare their fighter jets for new Russian and Chinese air threats posed by the Su-57 fighter jets and J-20 fifth-generation stealth aircraft, respectively.

Over the next two years, the US Air Force plans to deploy state-of-the-art computer technology called the P5 Combat Training System (P5CTS), manufactured by a company called Cubic Mission and Performance Solutions. Information from Cubic describes the P5 as an encryption solution designed to enhance US Air Force and US Navy pilot training for advanced, high-threat combat scenarios by using advanced computer simulations, wireless networks and artificial intelligence (AI) data organization. Interestingly, the P5 pod features in the now famous Top Gun Maverick film about an F/A-18 fighter.

“Over the past 13 years, we’ve learned some important lessons about incorporating rapid motion into virtual environments to provide realistic presentations to flight crew in their cockpits. Having a wireless network that allows you to keep that environment uninterrupted. In other words, low, flat latency is a very important characteristic,” said Cubic’s training expert Paul Averna. “In this training environment, it is important to have dedicated LVC processing capacity so that the combat capability of the aircraft connecting to and using the system is not compromised. They don’t want their computing resources to be impacted trying to participate in an LVC environment. So this is an important additional skill that is needed.”

At the same time, the security capabilities for this SITL-LVC environment must be scalable, meaning that multinational training can take place within a common technological framework, while still keeping important information separate or encapsulated to ensure security for any data that may not be shared Need to become . “Multiple independent layers of security. And why is that important because we will be working with coalition partners who may not be able to see the same level of classification of data and effects that we might share as a joint DoD force on the internet, but we are nonetheless we need to go to war and possibly peer conflict with our coalition partners,” Averna said. “This architecture allows us to have different enclaves for coalition participation to take place … and we don’t have to give away all the secrets for them to join us and train with us.”

Cubic technology and weapons experts explain that SITL LVC allows for a continuous, seamless presentation for all participants. The ability of these computer simulations to replicate and analyze the parameters of air combat in terms of network technologies, two-way data exchange and even weapon deployment allows for a level of evaluation and technological refinement for continuous modernization that is a natural extension into the world of AI and machine learning.

Averna explained that AI is increasingly becoming a big part of the advancement of simulation technology, as it will enable computer systems to collect and organize otherwise disparate pools of information, perform analysis, and transmit relevant, time-sensitive data in applicable timeframes to both autonomous control of unmanned systems or to reduce the cognitive load on manned platforms.

“In the future, AI will lead us to where we use all the data that we bring together from the LVC environment. For example, we can tweak the construct to behave in a more menacing manner, so the flight crew will begin to act and react more appropriately than might be expected from real combat,” explained Averna. Given the pace of technological advances and the extent to which AI continues to influence air warfare operations, ranging from dogfights and targeting to quick decisions and sensor data, it is vital to focus on “real combat” in the most specific, accurate, and most realistic way to prepare merging.

Kris Osborn is Defense Editor for National Interest. Osborn previously served at the Pentagon as a senior professional in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Procurement, Logistics and Technology. Osborn has also worked as a presenter and on-air military specialist on national television networks. He has appeared as a guest military expert on Fox News, MSNBC, The Military Channel and The History Channel. He also has a master’s degree in Comparative Literature from Columbia University.

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