Five companies are designing long-endurance ship-based surveillance and strike unmanned aircraft under the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (Darpa) Tactically Exploited Reconnaissance Node program. TERN is intended to demonstrate the capability to provide Predator-class medium-altitude, long-endurance, unmanned-aircraft capabilities from the flight decks of small ships, primarily the U.S. Navy's Littoral Combat Ship-2 (LCS-2). Phase 1 design contracts have been awarded to ...

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