What you need to know about the US Air Force’s ‘biohacking’ fighter jet

TechCrunch: US Air Forces is going to be using a new generation of military jet aircraft to study the effects of biohacking, a new technology that has already helped to combat the Ebola virus and the Zika virus.

The Air Force said the new aircraft, called the Advanced Aerospace Combat Systems, or AACSS, would be capable of “focusing its attention” on areas where its pilots can “make use of its capabilities.”

 The aircraft will use “advanced avionics, avionics systems, and sensors to optimize its performance and performance capability,” the Air Force explained in a statement to Business Insider.

The Air Force plans to begin testing the AACSs in late 2019, and then to field the aircraft in 2025.

The AACSB will be used to conduct “combat-relevant data analysis,” and to provide pilots with a “real-time situational awareness and intelligence profile of the aircraft and its environment,” the air force said.

It will be able to “assess and analyze the aircraft’s performance against a realistic threat environment,” it added. 

The AAFSs new stealthy, low-slung design also means that the aircraft will not be seen by the enemy or the media.

 “The AAAF is committed to protecting the privacy of our pilots, and to the protection of the privacy and safety of our airmen and our personnel,” the AAF said in a press release.

In addition, the AAAF said that the AACA will not collect or use any information “that could identify, locate, or track a pilot or other aircraft” while in combat.

“The mission of the AACC is to enhance, protect, and preserve human life and property through the use of advanced combat aircraft that are capable of engaging and defeating a wide range of threats, including ballistic and cruise missile threats, chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear threats,” the release added.

The AACA’s stealthy design is meant to help prevent enemy aircraft from detecting the aircraft by its stealth design.

The AACA is currently used by the US Navy’s nuclear submarines, and the US Army’s ballistic missile defense system. 

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