AI In Military: Humanity's Last Achievement

AI In Military: Humanity's Last Achievement

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The most interesting thing is not cannons or tanks. They just kill, but, in fact, remain just an extension of the club in the hands of a homo Erectus. The most interesting thing in today’s weapons is artificial intelligence, which, judging by the development of modern military affairs, will not so long be able to replace the modern biological civilization with its own, non-biological one. This is what the exhibition of weapons presented at the Army-2021 military-technical forum, which opened today in the Patriot park near Moscow, speaks about this.

Artificial Intelligence and New developments in defense sector Image © The Radical Outlook

By Alexander Tsyganov

Translated by The RO

Once Homo erectus actually occupied the entire planet with a stick and a stone chopper. Even without “some kind of mother” he managed – there is a suspicion that this man spoke in an extremely incoherent manner. Since then, nothing has fundamentally changed in the field of armaments. The club was successively replaced by a sword, a cannon, a rocket, and a stone was replaced by a bullet, a cannonball, a projectile. Split warhead with individual guidance units. Well, you can add more wheels and tank tracks instead of bare feet, and that’s it. Because until now, all these types of weapons were controlled by the human brain.

But today this state of affairs is changing before our eyes. Artificial intelligence is taking the weapon into its own “hands” more and more clearly and massively. This can be clearly observed in the Moscow region, at one of the most authoritative world platforms for the demonstration of the latest weapons “Army-2021”.

Did you order the Terminator?

No, you shouldn’t be afraid of a naked Schwarzenegger on Tverskaya in the evening. This is still a long way off. But the word has been spoken. And he said it in a widely circulated in the press on the eve of the opening of the exhibition interview personally by the general designer of JSC “Kronstadt” Nikolai Dolzhenkov:

I believe that a biological civilization is only an intermediate link to a non-biological civilization. An inevitable branch of development, since machines are more adapted to the environment than humans and biological beings in general.

True, further Dolzhenkov himself undermines the meaning of what he said, linking such a future with “normal outgrowth”:

First, components will be replaced in a person, and then he himself will become all artificial. And this will be the next stage of civilizational development, if before that the biological species does not self-destruct.

But before that – and this is just not a sensation, because for a long time people have been putting artificial lenses, artificial joints, etc. – Nikolai Dolzhenkov spoke a lot about artificial intelligence as an inevitable and unstoppable requirement of military design thought:

We teach our systems to think. This is the most basic thing in a drone now!

“And the aircraft itself is already a lower level of implementation of this trend …”

That is, in other words, an aircraft is a mastered stage, no matter how you improve this technique. It’s just a carrier for a new combat function – not a human mind …

The same science fiction with Skynet has become just a technological challenge today! In general, it seems that the current “Army-2021” is not the last exhibition of the achievements of the military economy, but the exhibition of the achievements of the last mankind on planet Earth … Do not be afraid that this sounds a little, to admit, sad. In the meantime, let’s return to Nikolai Dolzhenkov – this person knows what he is talking about: the Kronstadt company, of which he works as a general designer, is today one of the leading domestic developers of unmanned aerial vehicles. Moreover, there are a lot of these developments, they are different, and are partly presented at the “Army-2021” exhibition.

This is the Orion reconnaissance and strike drone. This is a heavy impact on Sirius. This is also a heavy “Helios-RLD” – in the future, it will help or even replace the A-50 and even A-100 air and radar control aircraft.

They are able to integrate into a network, fly longer, higher, and farther than “human” early warning systems. This is, finally, the high-speed super drone “Thunder”, intended for the wingman of a manned fighter in the attacking echelon – a kind of aggressive bull terrier without a leash for the entire operational-tactical depth of up to 700 kilometers.

Please, there is an armored vehicle with an “arm” – a universal armored engineering vehicle (UBIM) on the chassis of a T-90M tank, equipped with a manipulator with a “claw”. Is it not enough to watch, shoot and destroy other people’s fortifications? At your service is the automated complex of artillery and military reconnaissance “Penicillin”, which by sound determines the positions of enemy batteries and not only reconnoiters other people’s targets but also coordinates the fire of its artillerymen.

At the same time, the general designer himself calls the Orion program “base” and “the main starting point for creating various modifications.” Then he started talking about artificial intelligence.

So, in these words of his – the quintessence of what is most important of what is demonstrated at this exhibition. Here they show not so much a weapon as a platform for its future development.

Let’s say from simple examples. BMP-3 with combat module (BM) “Berezhok”. The BMP-3 is a new machine itself, but here its role is precisely the platform. Because the combat module with an automatic grenade launcher system, a universal missile system, and a 30 mm cannon has a highly automated weapon control system and can be installed on any other suitable carriers, as was already on the BMP-2. And even if specifically “Berezhok” the combat power of the BMP-3 with its 100-mm cannon in a twin-gun with a 30-mm cannon has only been reduced, this is just also a reasonable budget option for combat conditions, where the previous power of the armored vehicle is excessive.

But this is just an armored vehicle with a cannon. But the High-Precision Complexes holding presented its “eyes” for it: a tablet for controlling artillery fire “Tablet-M-IR”. With it, the armored car turns into a control center for weapons equipped with automated guidance and fire control systems of the ASUNO type. But this is not enough: the tablet can interface with drones, thanks to which the “eyes” of the gunners literally climb into the sky.

Of course, contracts are concluded on it, and this year, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has promised those for half a trillion rubles. But specialists – in the first days of work in the Patriot park, only they communicate – are not attracted by the predatory-beautiful T-14 or Su-30SM, which are generally known to everyone.

Isn’t that enough? Please, there is an armored vehicle with an “arm” – a universal armored engineering vehicle (UBIM) on the chassis of a T-90M tank, equipped with a manipulator with a “claw”. Is it not enough to watch, shoot and destroy other people’s fortifications? At your service is the automated complex of artillery and military reconnaissance “Penicillin”, which by sound determines the positions of enemy batteries and not only reconnoiters other people’s targets but also coordinates the fire of its artillerymen. Or the multipurpose complex of electronic suppression RB-531BE “Infauna”. Tracks enemy guns, conduct radio reconnaissance, jamming radio communications, and disabling all radio-controlled devices. It also successfully suppresses anti-tank guided missiles (ATGM).

By the way, for the first time, they show it openly – albeit an export version.

So what?

The most important thing is that the next, seventh already, “Army” arms exhibition once again confirms its deservedly high prestige as one of the world’s leading platforms for the latest weapons. What is especially attractive is not some export salon with an inaudible cry “Buy” hanging in the air, but an exhibition. Exhibition of Achievements of the War Economy. Of course, contracts are concluded on it, and this year, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has promised those for half a trillion rubles. But specialists – in the first days of work in the Patriot park, only they communicate – are not attracted by the predatory-beautiful T-14 or Su-30SM, which are generally known to everyone. There is a feeling that out of the 28 thousand exhibits exhibited here, it is not the 300 serial samples of Russian military equipment that are more interesting, but these new ones and often not too pretentious in appearance “

That is, contracts for the supply of Uran-14 robotic systems, T-90M tanks, and TOS-1A Solntsepёk heavy flamethrower systems are a matter of course. But these are just timed to coincide with the forum, the signing of the supplies already decided between the native “defense industry” and the native army. But still, the kings, even of Jordan, and in general delegations from 97 countries do not come for this. They come for the future of armaments. Which is demonstrated by Russia.

The views expressed in the article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect our Editorial Policy


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ALEXANDER TSYGANOV is a Russian political analyst and Columnist of the TV Channel “Tsargrad”.


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