The American army apparently binds its future with unmanned machinery. For now they are drones, but in the near future will also be autonomous helicopters.
A few days ago there was a demonstration of the possibility of the specially modified JUH-60A Black Hawk helicopter, which is the forerunner of a new type of machine, requiring no pilots to fly, land and avoid danger.
This helicopter was equipped with the RASCAL (Aircraft Concepts Airborne Laboratory) RASCAL system, and its test was conducted over the Diablo Mountain Range, located near the California city of San Jose. During the presentation the pilots were present in the helicopter cockpit, but only as a security if the computers refused to obey. All the maneuvers, while the two hour flight at 60-130 meters, performed fully automatically and managed to achieve the target of 60 cm.
RASCAL enables the machine to navigate between obstacles, as well as the use of a terrain detection system, risk assessment, risk avoidance, and all this is done in real time.
The Army has not yet set a date for launching unmanned helicopters, but considering how advanced it will be, it will probably take place in the next few years.