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DARPA and ONR Agreement to Develop TERN Concept

Formal joint effort seen as ideal for developing transition path for advanced technologies to meet future operational needs 

Issue 54

DARPA and the Office of Naval Research (ONR)  signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) on a joint DARPA/Navy research and development program called “TERN.” This joint effort builds upon the existing work of DARPA’s Tactically Exploited Reconnaissance Node program, or “TERN,” which has been exploring concepts for a long-endurance and long-range aircraft that would operate from a variety of Navy ships.

Modern warfare requires the ability to conduct airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and strike mobile targets anywhere and at any time. Current technologies in these areas, however, have their limitations. Helicopters are relatively limited in their distance and flight time, and long-distance fixed-wing manned and unmanned aircraft require either aircraft carriers or large, fixed land bases for takeoff and landing.

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