US Army intends to use artificial intelligence to intercept Zircon
AN / SPY-1 American multifunctional three-coordinate phased array radar (PAR) is capable of detecting Zircon only at a distance of 308 km, which, taking into account the speed of the missile, leaves minimal time for a decision to intercept it, reports Popular Mechanics. In this case, the detection range depends on the altitude of the Zircon.
Experts note that at an altitude of 61 km the missile will be detected at a distance of 55 km from the target, which means there is no more than 20 seconds for a decision to intercept the missile. In such a situation, the commander of a military unit risks not having time to fully assess the situation and give the necessary orders.
As a potential solution to the problem, two options are considered. The first involves installing radars at a higher altitude to increase the viewing range. The second is the use of artificial intelligence, which analyzes the situation and makes decisions about the reaction to potential threats from the outside. In this case, the option using artificial intelligence causes concern among specialists if there will be civilian objects in the combat area, primarily aircraft and ships.
A final decision on how the US Army will detect and fight Zircon has not yet been made. Currently, the military is considering all possible methods of countering promising weapons from Russia.