The Ogden ALC already performs depot repair and modification on the ?MQ-1 and the MQ-9. The base began working on the drones in 2009, but the new workload is different because it's soley focused on the electronic parts associated with the systems.
"What we're working on is called the servo or the actuator," said
"As new systems come on with similar components, we'll be the place for that, too," Robertson said.
We don't have exact numbers yet, but we're already starting to look at adding additional bodies in 2015," he said.
All three of the drones are developed by
The drones fly without a human pilot aboard and can be used for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, as well as performing the role of a traditional attack aircraft.
"These are the weapons systems that are fighting the war on terror," Kofoed said. "If there is a bad guy that needs to get killed out there, we do it with the Predator or the Reaper."
Kofoed said the MQ-1 and the MQ-9 have accumulated nearly 3 million flight hours since their inception. Kofoed said 80 percent of those flight hours have come in combat.
"There's no other weapon that compares," he said.
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