Chinese pilots also fight with AI opponents in mock air combat and lose: report

A recent Chinese state media report claims that the country’s air force pilots have wasted significant time facing artificial intelligence-motivated opponents in mock air battles. This is reminiscent of the very public result of the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s AlphaDogfight trials last year, work that has since been exploited in more advanced demonstrations. It also highlights the People’s Liberation Army’s growing interest and investment in developing advanced artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies in general.

Earlier this week, a Chinese state store World time reported on the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) competing in simulators against “AI planes”, citing a separate story from last weekend in the Daily APA, the official journal of the Chinese armed forces. An English version of the original Daily APA the story could not be found immediately.

“The AI ​​has shown error-free flight control skills and tactical decisions, making it a valuable adversary to hone our capabilities,” said Du Jianfeng, identified as the commander of an unspecified PLAAF brigade. assigned to the Air Force Central Theater Command of the PLA. Daily APA, according to World time.

World timeThe story also says that AI, which has reportedly been used during simulator training for “years” now, has the ability to learn “from pilots by collecting data from every training session.” As such, “at first it was not difficult to win against AI. But by studying the data, each engagement became a chance for it to improve,” also said Fang Guoyu, chief. group within Du’s brigade. Daily APA. Fang is further identified as one of the top performers in a recent real-world air combat exercise.

“Fang used a [sic] thoughtful tactics against the AI ​​and eventually beat him by a small margin, but in the next session the AI ​​used the same tactics against Fang to defeat him, ” World time play continued.

It is, of course, important to note that this is all entirely according to the Chinese state-controlled media. No matter how long it has been in use in Du’s brigade, it is also unclear how widespread PLAAF’s use of technology is in simulated training, or for any other application, and with what extent. aggressiveness it could continue its continuous development.

At the same time, it is immediately interesting that the Daily APA himself, even less World time, which is affiliated with the People’s Daily, the official gazette of the Communist Party of China, chose to highlight a seemingly prominent PLAAF pilot battling and even losing to advanced AI in simulated combat, however accurate the description of the capabilities of this simulated opponent.

The video below shows PLAAF pilots engaged in live aerial combat training.

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