DARPA’S TERN PROGRAM AIMS TO USE SHIPS FOR DRONE/UAV BASES

predator_drone_shipArticle by Turner Cox.

Syndicated from Thin Red-Line News.

According to DARPA, (the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), they have started a new project called, TERN, or, Tactically Exploited Reconnaissance Node Program, which will allow drone bases to be aboard ships. The 40 month, 3-stage program will research and develop systems to allow small ships to serve as mobile bases for endurance drones and/or UAVs.

This program has a number of challenges to overcome, such as: allowing larger aircraft operations to operate on smaller vessels, minimize maintenance requirements for the floating bases, minimize the crew required to keep the bases afloat, and produce endurance UAVs that meet maritime conditional requirements.

This programs aims to implement faster response times to reconnaissance mission and drone strikes with low costs while minimizing the energy requirements. DARPA reports that Daniel Patt, DARPA’s program manager, said, “About 98 percent of the world’s land area lies within 900 nautical miles of ocean coastlines. Enabling small ships to launch and retrieve long-endurance UAVs on demand would greatly expand our situational awareness and our ability to quickly and flexibly engage in hotspots over land or water.” In other words, if this program is successful, it will allow drone bases to be deployed all over the world without ever having to touch land.

The TERN Program researchers and managers plan to cover the entire planet with attack and surveillance drones (also known as «unarmed aerial vehicles,» or «UAVs»). The US government says that drone strikes will not be used in the United States. However, former the Obama Press Secretary, Robert Gibbs, openly admits he lied to the American people about the drone programs (“When I went through the process of becoming press secretary, one of the first things they told me was, you’re not even to acknowledge the drone program”). What makes us think they don’t plan to us drone strikes in the United States?

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