The British Royal Navy conducted an experiment in which artificial intelligence systems were used to test their ability to counteract supersonic missile attacks with live ammunition, during the naval exercises conducted within the framework of the “Massive Shield” maneuvers in which forces from 10 NATO member countries participated, off the coast of Scotland and Norway, at the end of May 2021.
The British experiment aimed to test the ability of artificial intelligence systems to quickly detect, track and intercept hypersonic and ballistic missiles compared to human intervention.
Integrated AI systems have allowed human operators to identify live-fire threats more quickly, reducing the burden on soldiers, and helping the warship’s operating room gain an edge.
Hypersonic missiles have a tremendous ability to fly faster than sound near the surface of the sea, so monitoring and tracking them is extremely difficult.
The process of intercepting missiles also requires a great speed in making deterrence decisions before hitting the target.
“The Great Shield maneuvers”, during which the British experiment was conducted, painted a picture of how to defeat hypersonic missiles in the future using artificial intelligence and machine learning.
Employing artificial intelligence in these precise military missions allows humans to employ the ability to learn from large amounts of data and extract patterns from it, which helps them analyze the flow of advanced hardware reports quickly and identify and track potential missile threats.