China building artificial intelligence into modular cruise missiles

China is reportedly developing advanced artificial intelligence (AI) and automation technologies to support its next generation, modular cruise missiles. A senior designer involved in the project, led by the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp, told China Daily that the plan is to adopt a ‘plug and play’ approach which will enable military commanders to tailor missiles to different combat conditions and specific requirements over both land and sea. The commanders will be able to control future cruise missiles in real-time, and will have the option to place it under ‘fire and forget’ mode. They will also be able to add multiple tasks to missiles already in-flight. A researcher at the Beijing Hiwing Scientific and Technological Information Institute, commented, on condition of anonymity, that this modular approach to missile systems…


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