Accession Number:

ADP005429

Title:

Artificial Intelligence and Its Impact on Combat Aircraft,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

NAVAL AIR DEVELOPMENT CENTER WARMINSTER PA

Report Date:

1986-02-01

Pagination or Media Count:

4.0

Abstract:

As the threat becomes more sophisticated and weapon systems more complex to meet the threat, the need for machines to assist the pilot in the assessment of information becomes paramount. This is particularly true in real-time, high stress situations. Real-time is defined as whatever time is necessary to perform these functions or tasks. The advent of artificial intelligence technology offers the opportunity to make quantum advances in the application of machine technology. However, if AI systems are to find their way into combat aircraft, they must meet certain criteria. They must be responsive, reliable, easy to use, flexible, and understandable. This paper compares these criteria with the current status and concludes that significant additional progress must be made before an AI system can be used in a combat airborne application. Current AI systems deal with non-real time applications and require significant user interaction. On the other hand, aircraft applications require real time, minimum human interaction systems. In order to fill the gap between where technology is now and where it must be for aircraft applications, considerable government research is ongoing in NASA, DARPA, and three services. This paper briefly summarizes the ongoing research. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems
  • Cybernetics
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE