Northrop Grumman opens new UAS facility
Northrop Grumman has opened a new facility at the Grand Sky Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Business and Aviation Park in North Dakota, where it will focus its autonomous systems development.
The facility is adjacent to Grand Forks Air Force Base, where the US Air Force's RQ-4 Global Hawk UAS are based.
The company will use the facility as a nucleus for autonomous systems research and development, pilot, operator and maintainer training along with operations and mission analysis, and aircraft maintenance.
Construction on the 36,000 square foot building completed in late 2016, and operations at the facility have now officially begun. A hangar is also to be constructed on site.
Janis Pamiljans, corporate vice president and president Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, said: 'We are delighted to officially begin operations here at Grand Sky cementing our leadership in the development and use of autonomous systems in partnership with North Dakota's UAS community.
'The important work performed at Grand Sky will support the evolving needs of our customers while advancing research and development of our autonomous systems capabilities for today and the future.'
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