The Variable In-flight Simulator Aircraft (VISTA) flies in the skies over Edwards Air Force Base, California, shortly after receiving its new paint scheme in early 2019. The aircraft was redesignated from NF-16D to the X-62A, June 14, 2021. F-16 AI agents developed under DARPA’s Air Combat Evolution (ACE) program controlled the X-62A during test flights over Edwards AFB, California, in December 2022. (Air Force photo by Christian Turner)

AI agents take control of modified F-16 fighter jet

DARPA's air combat evolution program aims to advance the Pentagon’s autonomous systems capabilities as the U.S. military pursues robotic wingmen and other drones.
Soldiers of the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) along with The Army Research Laboratory (ARL) participate in a Joint Tactical Aerial Resupply Vehicle (JTARV) exercise on Fort A.P. Hill, Va., September 22, 2017. During the exercise, the JTARV showed it’s potential for one day making it possible for Soldiers on the battlefield to order resupply and then receive those supplies from an autonomous unmanned aerial vehicle. (U.S. Army photos by Pfc. Gabriel Silva)

Army Research Lab outlines plans for robotic systems evaluation

Capability areas of focus for ARL’s Tech Assess ’23 event include autonomous mobility, air-ground teaming, coordinated behaviors of unmanned platforms, object tracking and identification, “global localization,” human…
Various unmanned systems sit on display in Manama, Bahrain, Nov. 19, prior to exercise Digital Horizon 2022. The three-week unmanned and artificial intelligence integration event, beginning Nov. 23, will involve employing new platforms in the region for the first time. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Brandon Murphy)

Navy looking to add vendors to $982M IDIQ contract vehicle for unmanned systems tech

The Navy released an RFI to gauge companies’ interest in pursuing access to the IDIQ-MAC pool of awardees for the Unmanned Surface Vehicle/Vessel Family of Systems.