The new smart bombs that select targets themselves
The U.S. Air Force is developing a new type of bomb with built-in intelligence (it is not Artificial Intelligence) so that during the flight towards the target assigned to it, it will be able to detect other types of targets that are more relevant and make the decision to modify its trajectory to attack the newly detected target.
The Project is called Golden Horde and they have already done some tests on it.
The bombs carry a series of sensors and control electronics for the steering fins to direct their flight towards the target. If any of its sensors detect other targets that its control system considers to be more relevant, this system can decide autonomously to modify its flight and attack the new detected target.
And what is also very important is that this information can be transmitted to other bombs that fly nearby, so that if they also decide the same thing, they also change direction, making sure among all that they destroy the most important target just detected.
This is a fundamental strategic change
Seventy years ago during the Second World War bombing was carried out in a massive way, the bombs fell by their weight and places were devastated by the abundance of bombs that fell on the ground.
For a long time now, bombs have been guided (by laser, radar, etc …) and hit exactly the desired target with almost surgical precision. Now with a few bombs you get what you used to get with tons of them.
This that I comment is one more step in sophistication. These new bombs carry their computer that while flying towards the assigned target, analyzes with its own sensors if there are other more relevant targets, and if there are, it changes direction to try to destroy them.
Today the sensors have been greatly developed and the bombs themselves (which carry various types of them) are capable of more accurately detecting “things” that the plane did not see a few seconds before dropping the bomb.
As I indicated before, they do not use Artificial Intelligence, but rather a well-known routine of computers: “if, then”.
For example, if a Golden Horde bomb is aimed at destroying a cannon battery and during its flight its sensors detect a missile battery, it reorients its direction and destroys the missile launcher.
And the fact that multiple bombs can communicate with each other and strike a relevant target together helps ensure that the target is destroyed.
As I have mentioned so many times, technology does not stop evolving and every day it surprises us with something new.