The Towed Airborne Lift of Naval Systems (TALONS) project is a DARPA initiative that is designed to extend the visual horizons of warships by extending the distance that they can see safely. This project aims to give these warships a healthy "crow's nest" of a height of 457 meters by using a towed parafoil.
A TALONS prototype system recently went through a battery of sea trials of the East Coast of the United States, with the ultimate aim being to try and provide ships of every size and shape with the ability to enjoy better long-distance communications and situational awareness.
Ultimately, this particular system is designed to give United States warships the ability to see further, which gives them an operational and functional advantage over enemy ships in the marine battlefield.
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