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Artificial intelligence has defeated chess grandmasters, Go champions, professional poker players, and, now, world-class human experts in the online strategy games Dota 2 and StarCraft II. No AI currently exists, however, that can outduel a human strapped into a fighter jet in a high-speed, high-G dogfight. As modern warfare evolves to incorporate more human-machine teaming, DARPA seeks to automate air-to-air combat, enabling reaction times at machine speeds and freeing pilots to concentrate on the larger air battle.
DARPA has selected eight teams to compete in the AlphaDogfight Trials, a virtual competition designed to demonstrate advanced artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms that can perform simulated within-visual-range air combat maneuvering, colloquially known as a dogfight.
March 26, 2020,
DARPA will host a Proposers Day in support of recently announced BAA HR001120S0028, Air Combat Evolution (ACE) Technical Area 1 (TA-1) on March 26, 2020, via webinar from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Eastern Time (ET). The purpose of this Proposers Day is to provide information on TA-1 of the ACE program; promote additional discussion on this topic; address questions from potential proposers; and provide a forum for potential proposers to interact with potential teaming partners.
May 17, 2019 ,
DARPA Conference Center
The Strategic Technology Office is holding a Proposers Day meeting to provide information to potential proposers on the objectives of the new Air Combat Evolution (ACE) program and to facilitate teaming. The goal of ACE is to automate air-to-air combat, enabling reaction times at machine speeds and freeing pilots to concentrate on the larger air battle. Turning aerial dogfighting over to AI is less about dogfighting, which should be rare in the future, and more about giving pilots the confidence that AI and automation can handle a high-end fight.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting innovative proposals for the Air Combat Evolution (ACE) Program Technical Area 1 (TA-1): Building Combat Autonomy to increase warfighter trust in combat autonomy by automating aerial within-visual-range (WVR) maneuvering using realistic platforms. The program, ACE, is a vital part of the Mosaic Warfare end-state vision. Proposed solutions should develop innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances in science, devices, or systems. Specifically excluded is research that primarily results in evolutionary improvements to the existing state of practice.