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Northrop Grumman begins construction of UAV research and training facility

16 October 2015

Northrop Grumman has broken ground on a new USD10 million unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) facility near Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota, the company announced on 15 October.

The 36,000 ft 2 expansion of the company's UAV capabilities will focus on research and development, aircrew training, operations and mission analysis, and aircraft maintenance.

The new UAV centre, which will be the first unit in a 217-acre cluster known as "Grand Sky Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Business and Aviation Park", will employ about 100 people and aims to expand Northrop's UAV expertise in the region.

ANALYSIS

The involvement of Northrop Grumman, which produces the RQ-4 Global Hawk and MQ-8 Fire Scout UAVs, was secured due to promotion of the UAS cluster concept by the state's democratic and republican senators.



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