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 ...

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