29 Dec '15, 7pm

DARPA to Demonstrate Unmanned VTOL Aircraft for Small Ships

DARPA to Demonstrate Unmanned VTOL Aircraft for Small Ships

Small-deck ships such as destroyers and frigates could greatly increase their effectiveness if they had their own unmanned air systems (UASs) to provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and other capabilities at long range around the clock. Current state-of-the-art UASs, however, lack the ability to take off and land from confined spaces in rough seas and achieve efficient long-duration flight. Tern , a joint program between DARPA and the U.S. Navy’s Office of Naval Research (ONR) , seeks to provide these and other previously unattainable capabilities. As part of Tern’s ongoing progress toward that goal, DARPA has awarded Phase 3 of Tern to a team led by the Northrop Grumman Corporation. The first two phases of Tern successfully focused on preliminary design and risk reduction. In Phase 3, DARPA plans to build a full-scale demonstrator system of a medium...

Full article: http://www.pddnet.com/news/2015/12/darpa-demonstrate-unma...

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