"Loyal Wingman" - Unmanned QF-16 drones teaming up with F-35s

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  1. AMDR

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    Loyal Wingman To Demo Manned/Unmanned Strike Mission In 2022
    Mar 31, 2016 Graham Warwick | Aerospace Daily & Defense Report​

    Industry is being asked for recommendations on how to demonstrate the U.S. Air Force’s Loyal Wingman concept for manned/unmanned teaming of fighters, and which aircraft to use for tests. Speaking on March 30, Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work said the Air Force’s concept is to pair the manned F-35 with an unmanned F-16. But on March 18, the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) released a request for information (RFI) seeking industry input of which test assets to use.

    More at: http://aviationweek.com/awindefense/loyal-wingman-demo-mannedunmanned-strike-mission-2022

    Pentagon touts "Loyal Wingman" for combat jets
    30 MARCH 2016 BY: JAMES DREW WASHINGTON DC

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    US Air Force plans to insert a “brain” into current-generation fighter jets to create autonomous flying wingmen paired with the Lockheed Martin F-35 were given a bump today, with the Pentagon’s second-in-charge saying he expects to see “unmanned wingmen in the air” before convoys of driverless Humvees.

    Deputy defence secretary Robert Work touted the long-considered “loyal wingman” concept at a forum hosted by the Washington Post in Washington DC on 30 March, where he explained that the air force will pair unmanned Lockheed F-16s with F-35s in future battles.

    "You take an F-16 and make it totally unmanned," Work says. "The F-16 is a fourth-generation fighter, and pair it with an F-35, a fifth-generation battle network node, and have those two operating together.”

    Work says he expects "unmanned wingman, unmanned undersea vehicles and surface vessels" as well as pilotless cargo helicopters for delivering supplies to troops on the battlefield to be introduced operationally before robotic military vehicles.

    More at: https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/pentagon-touts-loyal-wingman-for-combat-jets-423682/

     
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    That's a clever idea, it would be a neat concept to allow the F-35 pilot it is paired with to have some control over the Qf-16's weapon systems. I think that would be useful in aerial combat, the F-35 pilot would have more air to air missiles at his disposal as he could fire the ones carried by the QF-16.
     
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