Air Force Opens Competition to Design ‘Skyborg’ Loyal Wingman Drone

Posted on May 21, 2020 2:15 pm
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Competition has been opened up by the US Air Force for contractors to design a “loyal wingman” drone governed by the “Skyborg” artificial intelligence system.

The program hopes to yield an autonomous aircraft to accompany pilots on missions.

Announcement of the new contract solicitation was posted on the US government’s website on May 15, notifying defense contractors of the opportunity to field their proposals for the new autonomous drone.

The winners will “conduct research to develop, demonstrate, integrate and transition air vehicle, payload and autonomy technologies and systems that will provide affordable, revolutionary capabilities to the