Hill AFB to do maintenance on Air Force UAVs

Hill AFB to do maintenance on Air Force UAVs

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HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah (AP) -- Utah's congressional delegation says Hill Air Force Base will maintain key components and systems on the U.S. Air Force's two newest unmanned aerial vehicles.

Officials from the Governor's Office of Economic Development have said securing the workload on the MQ-1 Predator and the MQ-9 Reaper could bring about 300 jobs to the area.

There are more than 110 MQ-1 Predators in the Air Force, with 30 more planned for purchase during the 2009 fiscal year. There are 10 MQ-9 Reapers, with plans to purchase more over the next several years.

Hill will be responsible for the airframe on both the Predator and Reaper, as well as the satellite, radio and software functions on the Predator.


Information from: Standard-Examiner

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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