DARPA’s New Battle Drone Makes Every Navy Ship an Aircraft Carrier

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Ladies and gentlemen, we have a new drone — and this one could turn every one of America’s 272 warships into a virtual aircraft carrier.

That’s the upshot of what seemed, at first glance, to be a really very modest contract awarded by the Pentagon to defense contractor Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC). On a slow day for contract awards in general (it was, after all, Christmas Eve), the Department of Defense announced it had granted Northrop Grumman $93.1 million in funding 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.”

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