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). These vehicles are to carry 600 pounds of ordinance in order to conduct combat strikes.
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- "Northrop Grumman wins DARPA TERN programme". Flight Global. https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/northrop-grumman-wins-darpa-tern-programme-420385/.
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