Kratos Defense & Security Solutions has partnered with venture-backed artificial intelligence technology developer Shield AI to make an unmanned aircraft system operate autonomously and bring the integrated offering to defense customers.
The partnership seeks to incorporate an AI pilot into the XQ-58 Valkyrie, a combat drone Kratos is currently manufacturing for the U.S. military, Shield AI said Thursday.
Brandon Tseng, co-founder and president of Shield AI, said he believes pairing an uncrewed jet aircraft and AI technology could support military operations even without the help of GPS and other communications equipment.
Kratos helped the Air Force Research Laboratory create the Valkyrie to demonstrate manned-unmanned teaming systems as part of AFRL’s Low Cost Attritable Aircraft Technologies program.
Shield AI’s technology previously flew with multiple aircraft platforms such as the company’s V-BAT drone and a modified F-16 jet.