Northrop Applies Fire Scout Lessons To Darpa Tern Sea-Based UAS

Northrop Grumman is not revealing its concept for a sea-based long-endurance unmanned aircraft, but says its work under the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (Darpa) Tern program will build on lessons learned operating its MQ-8 Fire Scout unmanned helicopter from small-deck ships.

Darpa has awarded two contracts for Phase 2 of the Tern program, each potentially worth around $19 million, to AeroVironment and Northrop Grumman. Neither company is saying anything, but a source familiar with the program says both are proposing vertical-takeoff-and-landing concepts.

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from Aviation Week – Aerospace Defense, Business & Commercial News


Author: David Pflieger

David Pflieger is working as the CEO of Ravn Alaska. David received his pilot training in the United States Air Force, and has since held multiple positions with different airlines, for over 20 years!

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