Military Embedded Systems

AI-powered ISR capability introduced by Lockheed Martin


May 07, 2020

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. In partnership with the Air Force Test Pilot School, Lockheed Martin Skunk Works demonstrated an autonomous Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) system to enhance operational effectiveness for the warfighter in denied communications environments.

Leveraging the power of artificial intelligence (AI), the autonomous ISR system, integrated into an F-16 through a Lockheed Martin-developed pod solution, was able to detect and identify the location of the target, automatically route to the target, and capture an image to confirm the target in a simulated, denied communications environment.

According to the company, using an autonomous ISR system to penetrate contested environments and gather critical intelligence for effective decision making when standard communication between systems is not an option keeps the warfighter out of harm’s way while still achieving mission objectives.

Officials claims that as new threats emerge, autonomous and AI technologies will enable collaborative operations between the human-machine team to project power in the face of an increasingly contested environment.


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