U.S. Air Force wants to nullify the need for Pilots by 2030
According to the Department of the Air Force, the envisioned system will possess enhanced capabilities in areas such as reach, persistence, survivability, net-centricity, situational awareness, human-system integration, and weapons effects. The new 6th generation jet fighter is expected to replace the F-22 Raptor.
Of course the complete abolishment of human pilots isn’t a viable solution, it is clear that they want Unmanned Air Vehicle capabilities in their 6th Generation air combat fighter.
However, if this idea works, imagine the implications it will have on future wars, take away the horrors of war and it somehow becomes acceptable because it’s just machine on machine or robot on robot.
Yet another synopsis, the one thing human’s posses that a computer doesn’t, is split second judgement, critical thinking, and accurate knowledge of exactly everything that’s going on around you and immediate execution of it.
I just don’t see some guy sitting in a chair 3,000 miles away doing a better job than someone who is actually sitting in the cockpit. How many friendly fire incidents were reported during Iraq and Afghanistan? If pilots sitting in the midst of the action can make a huge mistake, think about the person holding the remote control a thousand miles away.
This is an open contract, so if you feel like submitting a proposal to the U.S. Air Force, you have until Dec 17th 2010.
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