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Northrop Wins New Contract for Darpa’s TERN Program

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Pentagon Contract Announcement

(Source: U.S. Department of Defence; issued June 17, 2016)

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Aerospace Systems, El Segundo, California, has been awarded a $17,773,859 modification (P00003) to previously awarded other transaction for prototype project agreement HR0011-16-9-0003 for additional tasks under Phase III of the Tactically Exploited Reconnaissance Node (Tern) program.

The Tern program is to design, develop, and demonstrate enabling technologies and system attributes for a medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned air vehicle and shipboard-capable launch and recovery system allowing operations from smaller ships.

Phase III focuses on the design, fabrication, and testing of a prototype Tern Demonstration System (TDS).

The additional tasks awarded under the modification include the fabrication, assembly, and checkout of a second Tern TDS Air Vehicle (AV-2).

As a result of this modification, the total amount of the agreement is increased by $17,773,859, from $132,473,192 to $150,247,051.

Correspondingly, the estimated government funding for the agreement is increased by $16,748,000, from $93,076,636 to $109,824,636; and the Northrop Grumman cost share is increased by $1,025,859, from $39,396,556 to $40,422,415.

Work will be performed in El Segundo, California (35 percent); Mojave, California (50 percent); East Aurora, New York (9 percent); and Benbrook, Texas (6 percent), with an estimated completion date of December 2018.

Fiscal 2015 and 2016 research and development funds in the amount of $11,784,812 are being obligated at time of award.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, located in Arlington, Virginia, is the contracting activity.