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Bell said that Heron's AI program learned fast, gaining roughly "12 years of experiences" over the course of 4 billion simulations, Defense One reported.Heron's system competed against the human pilot after defeating other AI algorithms in previous rounds of the competition.Last year, DARPA explained that while AI can beat human beings in games like chess, there is no AI currently in existence that "can outduel a human strapped into a fighter jet in a high-speed, high-G dogfight." The agency is trying to change that and advance AI for future manned-unmanned teaming.The AlphaDogfight is aimed at moving DARPA's Air Combat Evolution (ACE) program forward.The ACE program, according to DARPA, is designed to "deliver a capability that enables a pilot to attend to a broader, more global air command mission while their aircraft and teamed unmanned systems are engaged in individual tactics."Commenting on the ambitious goals of DARPA's ACE program, Col. Dan Javorsek, the program manager in DARPA's Strategic Technology Office, said last year that the agency envisions "a future in which AI handles the split-second maneuvering during within-visual-range dogfights, keeping pilots safer and more effective as they orchestrate large numbers of unmanned systems into a web of overwhelming combat effects."Given the Department of Defense's growing interest in AI, DARPA is not the only one pursuing these types of opportunities.Speaking at a Mitchell Institute event in early June, Air Force Lt. Gen.

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