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(National Defense Magazine)   They are actually calling this the Skyborg. Your Star Wars dollars at work. Phrasing Cylons phrasing   (nationaldefensemagazine.org) divider line
    More: Ironic, Unmanned aerial vehicle, MQ-1 Predator, RQ-4 Global Hawk, MQ-9 Reaper, General Atomics, United States Air Force, Fighter aircraft, Air Force  
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2020-09-27 5:19:20 AM  
By Skyberdine Technologies?

These first generation AIs really aren't very smart at all, are they?
 
2020-09-27 7:10:13 AM  
Loyal wingmen aren't sacrificial platforms. I think the article misunderstands that.

Drones don't have pilots so they can take on a more dangerous mission, but they still carry classified hardware and they are very expensive. The military will be hard pressed to find a target so valuable that it's worth destroying a stealth jet.
It's just not as bad politically when one is destroyed. It death can be downplayed to prevent escalation.
That doesn't mean the men can or should throw it away. It's still an airframe and they do get attached.

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2020-09-27 8:22:37 AM  
"This is another step in our effort to integrate and advance our autonomous technologies and prototyping experience from decades of successful research and development in this area,"

"Our design will leverage open architecture, modularity and interoperability to maximize the integration of the Skyborg technology and any associated payloads," a company spokesperson said in a statement. "To fast track this game-changing capability, GA-ASI will leverage our proven combat operational experience in UAS operations and digital engineering techniques to deliver an autonomous UAV prototype."


If that doesn't max out your buzz word bingo card you may work in marketing.
 
2020-09-27 8:54:08 AM  
In my day we called them options or multiples.
 
2020-09-27 9:13:01 AM  
Given that the target audience for the marketing is a bunch of 50 something generals (who will help the retired generals/lobbyists pitch it to the geriatric cases on the defense committees), yeah, I see where they are going with "Skyborg".
 
2020-09-27 9:22:11 AM  
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2020-09-27 9:45:59 AM  
That movie sucked balls.

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2020-09-27 9:57:01 AM  
 "It's meant to take risks. It will be OK if R2D2 has some trouble learning to fly and crashes a few times."

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2020-09-27 10:05:43 AM  
Did someone say nyborg?
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2020-09-27 10:38:57 AM  
Seems like every word, phrase or object has some innuendo or double entendre now.  You probably read the first sentence thinking it was about sex.
 
2020-09-27 10:54:48 AM  

way south: Loyal wingmen aren't sacrificial platforms. I think the article misunderstands that.

Drones don't have pilots so they can take on a more dangerous mission, but they still carry classified hardware and they are very expensive. The military will be hard pressed to find a target so valuable that it's worth destroying a stealth jet.
It's just not as bad politically when one is destroyed. It death can be downplayed to prevent escalation.
That doesn't mean the men can or should throw it away. It's still an airframe and they do get attached.

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yea.  we have missiles for that.  weapons that are truly designed to be expended in the process of taking out a target.  its stupid to sacrifice a UAV to take out a target.  the place where something like this shines is jobs that are just inherently risky.  where you need a platform, not just a missile.  but at the same time there is significant chance of it being shot down anyway.

or you can just keep improving it until you get rid of the manned aircraft entirely outside of C&C and then you're just realizing general cost savings which means more platforms available for the same price.  more sensors and weapons available for every mission.
 
2020-09-27 12:32:09 PM  
Yeah, this is some bad choice of naming, but not as bad as a few years back, the Brits (I think) came out with some program named 'Skynet'. IIRC, the name got changed a few weeks later when someone who was alive in the 80s pointed out the issue...
 
2020-09-27 2:04:06 PM  
I am okay with anything that reduces the number of fighter jocks. Anything.

/No, they didn't bad touch me, but I was not in the Air Force and I never had my career and reputation threatened so they could cover up their criminal behavior.
//It happens every day in the Air Force, I have seen it.
 
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