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Northrop Awarded $93M to Help DARPA Build Ship-Based Reconnaissance UAS

northrop Grumman_BLUENorthrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) has closed a two-year, $93.1 million other transaction agreement with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to prototype and develop an unmanned aircraft system to launch and recover from small carrier ships.

The Defense Department said Thursday that Northrop’s aerospace systems business aims to build a medium-altitude, long-endurance UAS demonstrator under phase three of DARPA’s Tactically Exploited Reconnaissance Node project.

The Tern program will work to demonstrate Northrop-built drone technology for takeoff and landing via small vessels in order to facilitate military intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and strike operations.

DARPA has obligated $29.6 million at the time of award from fiscal 2015 and 2016 research and development funds and expects Northrop to complete work by November 2017.

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