Northrop Grumman Tern

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Artist conception

Tactically Exploited Reconnaissance Node (TERN), a joint program between DARPA and the U.S. Navy’s Office of Naval Research (ONR), seeks to greatly increase the effectiveness of forward-deployed small-deck ships such as destroyers and frigates by enabling them to serve as mobile launch and recovery sites for specially designed unmanned aerial systems (UAS).[1] These vehicles are to carry 600 pounds of ordnance in order to conduct combat strikes.[2][3]

History[edit]

Northrop Grumman won the contract to develop the project in December 2015 with tail-sitter, flying wing aircraft with a twin nose-mounted contra-rotating propeller propulsion system.[4][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "DARPA Doubles Down on Tern by Funding 2nd Test Vehicle". DARPA.
  2. ^ https://defensesystems.com/articles/2016/12/01/darpa.aspx
  3. ^ http://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/2016/12/18/northrop-new-combat-drone-could-outclass-boeing-fa-18-lockheed-f-35.html
  4. ^ "Northrop Grumman wins DARPA TERN programme". Flight Global.
  5. ^ https://www.fool.com/investing/2018/03/23/general-electric-and-northrop-grumman-will-put-a-d.aspx