US Air Force to Become Partially Pilotless in 10-15 Years


WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The US Air Force will become partially pilotless in the next 10-15 years amid the ongoing fundamental change in technology, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley said on Tuesday.

“We already use robotics in the military. You see unmanned aerial vehicles as a form of a robot. We are experimenting today with surface and subsurface vessels in the Navy,” Milley said during a commissioning ceremony at Princeton University.

“I would submit to you that within 10 or 15 years, you’re going to have a partially pilotless Air Force, that most of your airplanes are likely to be robots of some kind with the man-machine interface between them.”

The US will be equipped in the future with robotic unmanned ground vehicles that will nullify casualties during convoy movements as was the case in Afghanistan and Iraq, Milley said.

Artificial intelligence, robotics, precision fires and enhanced monitoring ability will provide for the next fundamental change in the conduct of war in a highly dynamic world.

US President Joe Biden (L) talks to Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida (not pictured) during their bilateral meeting in Hiroshima on May 18, 2023, ahead of the G7 Leaders' Summit. (Photo by Kiyoshi Ota / POOL / AFP) - Sputnik International, 1920, 25.05.2023

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