Making the Mission Computer Intelligent – A Step Ahead

  • R. Pitchammal Defence Avionics Research Establishment, Bangalore
  • Vikrant Sadda Defence Avionics Research Establishment, Bangalore
Keywords: Artificial intelligence, expert system, knowledge base, cognitive process


Increasing the complexity of fighter aircraft like modern cockpit environments, covering highly integrated, and complex automatic functions, pose various demands on the crew and adding a heavy workload. Cognitive systems appear to be a promising approach to overcome these deficiencies in future combat aircraft. Developing human-centered automation and designing advanced technology that will capitalize on the relative strengths of humans and machines, are key to the success. This paper presents the approach of applying the artificial intelligence (AI) techniques in the critical mission computer (MC). The mission computer is the central controller of the entire avionics and acts as the front end to the pilot and all other avionic systems  by providing all the sensors information, presenting the pilot-vehicle interface and thereby helping a lot in reducing the heavy workload of the pilot. Hence cognitive processing in the MC will make MC to act as an electronic crew assistant sharing the workload of the pilot and helping him in severe situations. Intricate aircraft systems increase the need for intelligent cooperation between pilots and aircraft which will be fulfilled by making the MC as smart or intelligent MC.

Defence Science Journal, 2013, 63(2), pp.174-180DOI:

How to Cite
Pitchammal, R., & Sadda, V. (2013). Making the Mission Computer Intelligent – A Step Ahead. Defence Science Journal, 63(2), 174-180.
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