Leading provider of adversary air and JTAC training invests in developer of next generation artificial intelligence (AI) technologies
Mesa, AZ, March 3, 2023 – Top Aces Corp. (Top Aces), the world’s only commercial owner and operator of F-16 fighter aircraft, today announced an investment in San Diego-based EpiSci, developer of the most trusted, resilient and modular Tactical AI solutions for defense, aerospace and commercial applications.
This investment expands on Top Aces’ commitment of providing world-class training to the next generation of combat leaders, positioning the company at the forefront of development and training in the future ‘human-machine’ collaborative battlefield.
AI is expected to play an increasingly significant role in air combat operations, including adversary air (ADAIR) training. Open architecture in nature, Top Aces’ proprietary ‘Advanced Aggressor Mission System’ (AAMS) permits the rapid integration of AI tools into its F-16 fleet, accelerating the development and deployment of advanced autonomy and crewed-uncrewed teaming in support of next generation fighter pilot training.
Currently, Top Aces’ F-16 crews are delivering advanced ADAIR training to USAF F-35 and F-22 pilots at Eglin Air Force Base (AFB) in Florida and Luke AFB in Arizona. AI functions will be integrated into Top Aces’ fleet with industry-leading speed-to-service, offering highly sophisticated threat replication and operational cost efficiencies.
“This is a very significant strategic investment for us,” says Russ Quinn, President, Top Aces Corp. “AI is impacting numerous industries and defense is no exception. By partnering with EpiSci, a leading innovator whose Tactical AI products have demonstrated real-world deployment on a variety of fighter platforms, we are taking a leadership position that directly contributes to the defense of our nation.”
“We are thrilled to work with Top Aces,” said Bo Ryu, Founder and President, EpiSci. “Teaming with a leading ADAIR training provider opens new avenues for our Tactical AI-enabled pilot assistance and autonomy development suite. By working together, we will accelerate the advent of the Collaborative Combat Aircraft era where the pilot’s trust in AI is absolutely critical.”
About Top Aces Inc.
With more than 100,000 accident-free flight hours, Top Aces Inc. and its subsidiaries (including Top Aces Corp. and Blue Air Training Corp.) provide advanced adversary air (ADAIR) and Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) technology and training to the world’s leading armed forces. It has the largest fleet of commercially operated fighter aircraft in active service and is the world's only commercial owner/operator of the F-16. Top Aces’ mission-critical training enhances the operational readiness of combat forces by delivering real-world experience while creating significant cost efficiencies and extending the lifecycle of military aircraft fleets. For more information, please visit www.topaces.com.
EpiSci is a multidisciplinary innovation company that develops next generation mission autonomy solutions for national security problems. Demonstrated in flight on platforms from networked, collaborative and autonomous swarm surrogates, to live F-16 dogfighting, EpiSci’s Tactical AI family of autonomous pilots are powerful, reliable, and quickly adaptable to emerging missions and challenges. Additional applications include human-centric man-unmanned teaming for next generation air dominance, developing advanced wireless tactical communication systems for first responders, and powering autonomous unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) swarms with sensor fusion. For more information, please visit www.episci.com.
Top Aces Corp. is exhibiting at the AFA Warfare Symposium in Aurora, Colorado, March 6-8. Visit Top Aces at booth 803.
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