air force (USAF), the United States is planning to replace the 2025 part of the fourth generation fighters F-16 Fighting Falcon on a small inconspicuous unmanned reconnaissance and strike aircraft, created in the framework of Skyborg, writes Aviation Week & Space Technology.
the publication said that the products Skyborg blur the line between reusable and disposable drone cruise missile. Created in the framework of this program the aircraft needs beginning in 2030 to replace aging reconnaissance and strike drones MQ-9 Reaper.
According to Aviation Week & Space Technology, one of the drones, the worlds Skyborg is a demonstrator XQ-58A Valkyrie.
In June, the Research laboratory of the US air force has released a presentation which describes the scenarios for aircraft Skyborg, which can be led by the F-35 fighter Lightning II.
In September 2019, the Executive Director of the U.S. air force procurement will Roper said that the fifth generation fighter F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II will interact with each other by a slave drone, equipped with advanced artificial intelligence system, created in the framework of Skyborg.
In October of the same year, during the third test flight of the demonstrator XQ-58A Valkyrie, which should be led by the partner of the fifth generation fighter F-35 Lightning II was damaged.
In June 2019 Washington announced plans to deploy MQ-9 Reaper in Poland. Such intentions of the American side have caused concern in Moscow.
In March of that year the demonstrator XQ-58A Valkyrie in the sky over the military proving ground in Yuma (AZ) made its first flight.