UAS-at-Sea Program Produces a Couple of Practical Spinoffs

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July 2, 2015 | Source: Defense Systems

The full story of the Tern program, which seeks to develop long-range drones that can launch from the deck of a ship, has yet to told, but it’s already got a couple of spinoffs.

Tern is a joint project of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the Office of Naval Research that would boost the ISR (intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) capacity of smaller deployed ships by allowing them to host medium-altitude, long range unmanned aerial systems that don’t need a runway. And although the project just recently entered the second of its planned three phases, it has produced two offshoot projects that could, on their own, be put to use in the military.

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