LOYAL WINGMAN! SKYBORG! UP AND GOING!
Thanks to Popular Mechanics.
"This Experimental Drone Could Change America's War Strategy"
"Is the Kratos XQ-58A Valkyrie the future of combat aircraft?"
"For nearly 20 years, the United States Air Force has been focused on anti-terror operations in uncontested airspace. Now, as America transitions its focus away from the War on Terror toward potential near-peer conflicts, the U.S. is looking to pull a page out of its own World War II playbook by building inexpensive combat aircraft that can overwhelm advanced enemy air defenses through sheer numbers."
LOYAL WINGMAN EITHER OPERATING UNDER THE CONTROL OF A F-35 OR F-15 PILOT OR OPERATING AUTONOMOUSLY USING ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE SOFTWARE AND ALGORITHMS.
* Primary mission as envisioned for the Loyal Wingman SEAD? Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses.
* Airframe of the Valkyrie seems to be heavily influenced by the TACIT BLUE program from way back. No faceted surfaces as with the F-117. Rounded preferred.
See previous blog entries regarding the Loyal Wingman concept: