DARPA Asks Northrop Grumman to Design Warship-Deployable Autonomous VTOL Aircraft

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  • 04:51 AM, July 14, 2023
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DARPA Asks Northrop Grumman to Design Warship-Deployable Autonomous VTOL Aircraft
Illustration of future autonomous vertical lift aircraft with DARPA ANCILLARY @NGC

Defense Advanced Research Project Agency’s (DARPA) awarded Northrop Grumman a contract to design an autonomous vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) uncrewed aircraft system capable of operating from a moving Navy ship at sea.

The AdvaNced airCraft Infrastructure-Less Launch And RecoverY (ANCILLARY) demonstrator will be designed as a cost-efficient, multiple-mission capable vehicle that is runway independent.

Northrop Grumman's ANCILLARY demonstrator will be capable of carrying a large 60-pound sensor payload with greater endurance of 20 hours’ time on station and mission radius range of 100 nautical miles, which is more than current systems, without using significant additional infrastructure aside from what is on board the air vehicle. The system will also have capability to land on a ship in adverse weather conditions.

The aircraft will be capable of performing intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and targeting missions, and supporting expeditionary missions for special operations forces and logistical missions with significant affordability impacts for ship-to-shore transition of parts and supplies.

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