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USAF’s proposed 2024 budget includes almost $50 million to start Project ‘Venom’—Viper Experimentation and Next-gen Operations Model.

Summary

This article by Stephen Losey, writing for Defense News, makes the following points:
  • Venom’s goal is to refine autonomous software loaded onto six F-16s.
  • USAF wants to develop a fleet of at least 1,000 collaborative combat aircraft (CCA).
  • CCAs will use autonomous capabilities to accompany the future Next-Generation Air Dominance fighter systems.
  • CCAs could carry weapons or fly ahead of other aircraft to provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

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