The Air Force is looking to expand collision-avoidance technology to save pilots' lives by automatically redirecting F-16 fighter jets on a crash course with the ground to avert an impact.
The Auto-Ground Collision Avoidance System, now installed on digital F-16s, uses computer algorithms to take over an aircraft's flight trajectory and change a potential collision course with the ground or nearby terrain.
While this effort has been underway for quite sometime, a recent Air National Guard mid-air collision of two F-16s in South Carolina underscores the service's interest in rapidly expanding promising collision avoidance technology to incorporate air-to-air crashes as well as air-to-ground incidents. Fortunately, in this instance both pilots ejected safely without injury, multiple reports and service statements said.
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