The upgraded Su-25SM3 assault aircraft will be equipped with an aircraft target indication and sighting system with artificial brain elements. It will help pilots to hit selected targets without any practical involvement on their part, a Russian defense industry source said.

Su 25SM3 aircraft to get a sighting system with artificial brain elements A Sukhoi Su-25SM at the Celebration of the 100th anniversary of Russian Air Force (Picture source: Vitaly V. Kuzmin)

"The newest variants of Su-25SM3 assault aircraft will be equipped with an additional sighting system as part of an ongoing modernization effort. It is completely automatic. The only thing a pilot will have to do is to select a target on a screen. The artificial brain will do the rest," the source explained.

According to the source, a target indication system with artificial intelligence can identify adversary targets independently, hold them at gunpoint and aim guided missiles. The representative of the Russian defense industry added that the new target indication and sighting system was included in the single troops control system, which makes it possible to lay out the best route to the target and select the best trajectory for using weapons. A Su-25SM3 assault aircraft can receive target information from external sources via the control system.  A source in the Russian aircraft-building industry said earlier that an upgraded modification of a Mi-28NM strike helicopter could also be equipped with a similar artificial intelligence system.

A Su-25SM3 assault aircraft is a modernized variant of Su-25. The aircraft can destroy small-size ground and air targets in any time of the day. Its fighting efficiency has improved three times compared to all the other modifications. Unlike its predecessors a Su-25SM3 aircraft is equipped with a GLONASS navigation system, which can program the ultimate point on a map with an accuracy of up to 10 meters. The aircraft’s cockpit has a digital display, which reflects the situation on the ground and in the air.

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