France’s military minister has announced a plan to improve spending over time to an annual €100 million (U.S. $123 million) on artificial intelligence within an innovation drive to formulate future weapon systems.
Florence Parly made the announcement March 16 in the launch with the government-backed Man-Machine Teaming, or MMT, study for applying AI to combat aircraft. That study is a component of the ministry’s road map to explore AI for armaments.
Parly also announced the creation of a professional for defense innovation, which can be available to civil and startup companies as well as European cooperation.
About half the annual AI budget will fund studies, and some €10 million 12 months will test and integrate existing AI technology, the ministry said. Some 50 AI specialists will probably be recruited by 2022 to staff the Direction Générale de l’Armement procurement office as well as the services. The ministry will likely record civil progression of AI.
Parly visited Dassault Aviation around the launch from the MMT study, which has been requested and funded from the DGA. Dassault and Thales will run the research, that may draw on a network of small and medium companies and laboratories.
The MMT study will appear for “innovative strategies” to fly fighter jets and drones together to evade air defense systems.
Future aircraft flying in 2025-2030 will probably be fitted with advanced and high-resolution sensors, establishing a lot of data, that may should be processed and merged in real time. The study will consider how you can merge that real-time data and also permit the system to attract on historic data and also other sources of information within the combat cloud.
“These systems is going to be hyper connected,” the ministry said.
In the face area of this increasing complexity, the human must manage the device and remain within the decision-making loop. A key factor in AI will likely be to deliver “robust decision-making” based about the display of data for the pilot, not only processing the information.
AI will play a bigger role later on weapons, with the first applications expected to maintain intelligence gathering, cybersecurity, collaborative combat on land and inside air, anti-mine warfare, and predictive equipment maintenance.
AI applications are supposed to be used in four areas: intelligent and recognition sensors; autonomous navigation in complex areas; collaborative operations between manned and unmanned aircraft; and man-machine interface inside the cockpit.
Technology developed underneath the MMT project won’t be associated with a specific platform or program, but will probably be applied to all future combat aircraft systems, both manned and unmanned. The first AI applications are hoped for in 2025, with wide distribution in 2030.
AI is being used for algorithms that calculate missile trajectories as well as systems that perform transcription and translate other languages.