If we drop the refuelling mission (see payload figure) then this TERN design is not far off:
"According to Northrop Grumman, once fully functional, the VTOL UAV will have a range of 600 nautical miles and be able to carry 1,000 pounds of ordinance or surveillance payload.
The Tern project comes right in line with the military’s transition to relying on UAV’s for surveillance work and, in the near future, offensive capabilities as well. However, the decision to turn to a VTOL take-off paradigm shows that the military and Navy realize that while the space aboard ships and flight decks are limited, the envelope of their missions is expanding.
Apparently, Tern may be part of the solution to the military’s mission creep issues. "
The project was launched in 2014 and NG were awarded the above contract in 2016.
- a bit like a rejuvenated