Inside the Air Force - July 13, 2018

Mitchell Institute suggests using old F-16s as autonomous teammates

By Rachel Cohen  
July 12, 2018 at 3:06 PM
The Air Force Association's Mitchell Institute this week proposed the service consider pulling Lockheed Martin F-16 jets from the boneyard to repurpose them as autonomous aircraft that can fight in tandem with other platforms like the B-21 and F-35, arguing fleets of autonomous aircraft are a cost-effective way to bolster combat capacity. A Mitchell Institute policy paper released July 10 points to aircraft in long-term storage at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, AZ. Researchers argue restoring the jets to combat would...

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