Northrop Grumman Tern

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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]


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]


  1. ^ "DARPA Doubles Down on Tern by Funding 2nd Test Vehicle". DARPA.
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  4. ^ "Northrop Grumman wins DARPA TERN programme". Flight Global.
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