China’s PLA Deploying Artificial Intelligence in Mock Warplane Battles to Train Both Pilots and AI

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force is using artificial intelligence (AI) to prepare pilots’ for battle, according to a new report.

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force has started to deploy artificial intelligence (AI) as simulated opponents in pilots’ aerial combat training. This is giving pilots a chance to hone their decision-making and combat skills against fast-calculating computers, while the AIs learn from each engagement – and have already bested their human opponents on many occasions, according to a new report. 

In addition to training pilots efficiently, AIs are expected to be an integral part of China’s future warplanes and assist pilots during combat decisions, observers said on Monday.

An aviation brigade affiliated with the PLA Central Theatre Command Air Force held a training simulation earlier in the summer, in which Fang Guoyu, a brigade group leader and winner of a previous confrontational combat exercise, was shot down in a mock aerial battle against an AI aircraft in a simulator, the PLA Daily reported on Saturday.

This is not the first time the renowned pilot was taken out by an AI, and Fang is not the only ace the AI has defeated over the past years, the report said.

Simulated training can boost training efficiency, save costs, and lower flight risks, and with the rapid development of technology, it has become a common goal for major military powers around the world to take advantage of training simulations,…

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