- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A new report by the U.S. Air Force lays out a strategy for drones that involves a fleet of the unmanned aircraft being controlled by a single F-35 Joint Strike Fighter pilot.

The report, titled “Autonomous Horizons,” says that developing new algorithms and technology for the plan will be a priority.

“We see unmanned vehicles being used for a much wider variety of missions. Today they are primarily used for [Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance], long duration missions where we want to collect information. In the future, they will be moving cargo and more manned-unmanned teaming where they are acting as extensions of a manned aircraft,” said Air Force Chief Scientist Mica Endsley, Military​.com reported Wednesday.

The Pentagon plans to develop new aircraft for such missions, which would supplement the work done by MQ-1 Predator, MQ-9 Reaper, RQ-4 Global Hawks and other drones.

“They are going to be smarter in terms of algorithms to handle things like mission planning and collecting data and analyzing that data to take the load off of the human component of a system. […] We are setting up the ability for an aircraft to take high-level command of UAS. Those unmanned aircraft will have to be capable of flying in concert in a safe manner. They will need to be capable of taking high level commands and be able to execute those effectively,” Ms. Endsley said, Military.com reported.

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