Russia carried out an experiment on the use of a “swarm” of fighter jets, TASS reported, citing its own unnamed sources.
According to the source, the experiment involved a swarm of Su-35 fighter jets, while the command and control aircraft was a Su-57 fighter jet.
Another defense source confirmed to TASS the nature of the tests and explained that in the battle formation, which the pilots call a flock or swarm, information is exchanged between fighters in real time: the information-control system of each aircraft automatically processes data from both its own sensors and sensors of the other aircraft.
Sources explained that the use of a “swarm” operating in a single information space, significantly increases the efficiency during combat missions.
It is unknown when and where the experiment took place.
As the leading Russian military expert, editor-in-chief of Arsenal of the Fatherland magazine Viktor Murakhovsky noted, such tests are important in terms of building a unified information system for the armed forces.
“Work on interaction in a general battle order (in a ”swarm”) is important. In the future, information from all aircraft sensors, as well as from air defense systems, from satellites, from ground-based equipment should come into a single system that will create a single information field for land, air and space. And in it, with the support of artificial intelligence, the distribution of military work will already take place, including for aviation,” the expert explained.
He added that similar work is being carried out by the United States of America, in particular for its F35 fighter jets.
In addition, Murakhovsky said, so far neither Russia nor the United States have been able to build such a unified information system for managing all types of troops due to difficulties in creating a single data format for different types and branches of the armed forces.
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