US Army to fly unmanned Black Hawks with 3,000 pounds of supplies
The US military said it would fly a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter carrying 3,000 pounds (1,360 kilograms) of unmanned military supplies.
The experience will be part of the annual Project Convergence, an exercise to integrate artificial intelligence, robotics and autonomy into military platforms to improve battlefield integration.
According to the service, the trial is underway to assess whether such an autonomous vehicle can deliver supplies and perform other missions with fewer operators.
The US military plans to have a single soldier controlling multiple autonomous vehicles in various operational environments.
“Autonomous capability is at the forefront of what we believe our next operational concept will be based on,” said Lt. Gen., director of Army Futures Command. Scott McKean said.
“Why do you need a Black Hawk?” Think of the capability that a Black Hawk provides in the sense of carrying capabilities. This will really help us provide options to commanders.
The experiment will be conducted in the fall, with participation from all military branches and the British and Australian armies.
“Great learning opportunity”
In addition to the autonomous Black Hawks, the US military will experiment with various air and ground robotic vehicles from the US, UK and Australia.
It will also test its ability to “swarm” using a group of drones controlled by a soldier.
“It’s convergence,” McKean pointed out. “How do we get data from these robotic vehicles back to the command post so that commanders can understand and act on what these systems provide? It will be a great opportunity to learn to see where we are.
Project convergence is expected to test various advanced capabilities as part of the US Army’s ongoing modernization effort.