The U.S. Air Force has agreed toÂ share a runway at North Dakota-basedÂ Grand Forks Air Force Base with Northrop Grumman and General AtomicsÂ for the service branch and companies to test unmanned aerial vehicles.
Sen. John Hoeven’s office (R-N.D.) said WednesdayÂ theÂ service branch signed a joint use agreement with Grand Sky Business and Technology Park to allow Northrop and General Atomics to test their large unmanned aircraft systems on the runway.
The Air Force uses the Grand Forks AFB runway to operate its fleet of Northrop-builtÂ Global Hawk UAS.
General Atomics started construction work on a 19,400-square-foot facilityÂ at Grand Sky in November 2015 to provide training to more than 100 student UAS pilots per year.
Northrop also broke ground on a new building at the aviation park in October 2015 to carry outÂ research and development work on drones.