The US continues to develop fighter jets with AI technology. Photo/Reuters
WASHINGTON – The United States Air Force (US) has requested a budget of USD 5.8 billion or the equivalent of Rp. 88 trillion to make the XQ-58A Valkyrie aircraft driven by artificial intelligence or AI.
Later, this autonomous aircraft is ideal for completing suicide missions and protecting pilots.
The New York Times reports that the XQ-58A Valkyrie aircraft is intended to serve as a robotic wingman for human pilots, providing cover and maneuvering in scenarios where pilots might find themselves struggling. This aircraft is ideal for suicide missions in which it is impossible for humans to return.
Later this year, the aircraft will be tested in a simulation where it will create its own strategy for pursuing and killing targets in the Gulf of Mexico.
Insider previously reported this model of the Valkyrie can go as fast as 550 mph. Its operational altitude is 45,000 feet, with a range of 3,000 nautical miles. Other models, such as the XB-70 Valkyrie bomber which was first flown in 1964, required a pilot in the cockpit, and only a few such aircraft were built.
The budget estimate, which has not yet been approved by Congress, lists spending of $5.8 billion over five years to manufacture the aircraft. This comes after several years of test flights by the Air Force in which the vehicle has been used as a data link for the Air Force’s F-22, F-35, and Skyborg programs, which are artificial intelligence-enabled systems for controlling unmanned aircraft.
Each Valkyrie aircraft will cost between $3 million and $25 million – far less than a manned pilot jet.
Representatives for the Air Force and Department of Defense did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
Although the Air Force’s “Next Generation Air Domination” program has enjoyed broad military support. However, human rights activists fear that unmanned war machines will pave the way to a “Terminator”-style dystopian future.