Drone Program at Fort Drum Means Jobs

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The stationing of the Gray Eagle drone program at Fort Drum means military and civilian jobs.

The unmanned drones are 28 feet long with a 56 foot wingspan and have a maximum speed of 170 miles per hour. They'll be operated by the 10th Mountain Division's Combat Aviation Brigade. The commander of the aviation brigade says it's a big deal.

"It's going to enhance our capability, to conduct a reconnaissance and security operations. we're very excited about that development. It's going to be good for Fort Drum. It's going to be good for the North Country," Col. David Francis said.

The program would reportedly be supported by 100 military jobs and an unknown number of civilian jobs. The proposed 2015 federal budget earmarks $27 million for a new hangar at Fort Drum to house the drones.

 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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