26/08/2020

After DARPA's AlphaDogfight Trials Heron System to focus on Small UAVs

Heron Systems turns focus to small UAVs after DARPA AlphaDogfight Trials win – link

Source: Jane’s

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  • Heron Systems is looking to get its artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms on UAVs after winning the United States Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA’s) AlphaDogfight Trials on 20 August
  • Brett Darcey, Heron Systems vice president of research, told Janes on 24 August that the company has been on the periphery of the US Air Force’s Skyborg autonomous attritable UAV effort and wants to get more directly involved with the program
  • Heron Systems, he said, had a minor risk reduction subcontract for Skyborg through the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), which also played a part in the AlphaDogfight Trials
  • Heron Systems emerged from a group of contractors that created AI algorithms to simulate Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcons in aerial combat. These contractors included semifinalists Aurora Flight Sciences, Lockheed Martin, and PhysicsAI.
  • In the final round, Heron Systems competed against a human F-16 pilot that was US Air Force (USAF) weapons school-trained. Heron Systems defeated the human pilot 5–0 to win the competition
  • While the company did not receive a cash award for winning the competition, Darcey said the victory, most importantly, demonstrated that Heron Systems has a robust and capable end-to-end pipeline for building multiple solutions using underlying technologies
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