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The Future of Autonomous Aircraft Management: Shield AI Secures $200 Million Investment

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Shield AI, a leading company in autonomous aircraft management, announced on Tuesday that it has successfully raised an additional $200 million in investments. This funding will be used for the development and implementation of their new autonomous software for managing […]

The Future of Autonomous Aircraft Management: Shield AI Secures $200 Million Investment

Shield AI, a leading company in autonomous aircraft management, announced on Tuesday that it has successfully raised an additional $200 million in investments. This funding will be used for the development and implementation of their new autonomous software for managing aircraft within the V-BAT unmanned aerial system (UAS). The investment will also enable the integration of their Hivemind autonomous software on unmanned platforms from other manufacturers.

Hivemind software has already been integrated into Kratos’ XQ-58 Valkyrie unmanned aircraft, enabling it to work collaboratively with manned aircraft. Shield AI has also demonstrated that Hivemind successfully managed an F-16 aircraft in air combat simulations, making it a frontrunner in autonomous aircraft management.

Brandon Tseng, co-founder and president of Shield AI, confirmed that the AI pilot will be integrated into all group 5 aircraft models and selected aviation platforms. The V-BAT, which falls under group 3, will be the first to utilize this software.

Recently, Shield AI concluded testing and demonstrations of their autonomous aircraft management software. The V-BAT teams, which will operate autonomously from beginning to end without human intervention, are set to be deployed on the battlefield by 2024.

This new investment round has increased Shield AI’s valuation to $2.7 billion, with the U.S. Innovative Technology Fund leading the way. This investment comes at a time when the Department of Defense aims to increase the use of low-cost unmanned systems to counter China’s military dominance in the Indo-Pacific region. The Replicator Initiative aims to procure thousands of such systems within 16 months.

The rise in military conflicts over the past 18 months underscores the need for innovative defense technologies, with artificial intelligence playing a crucial role. Shield AI has always been at the forefront of this sector and continues to develop cutting-edge AI pilots for unmanned aircraft.

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