Drone repair program opens at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma
For the first time in the U.S., a private drone manufacturer has partnered with the federal government to repair drones commonly used in intelligence and combat missions.Published: Thursday, November 20, 2014 By: Staff Reports Source: NewsOK
A partnership between Tinker Air Force Base and San Diego, Calif.-based General Atomics Aeronautical will bring to the metro area the first repair shop in the nation where privately manufactured drones will be repaired by a government entity.
An ignition switch component for two drones used in overseas missions will now be repaired at Tinker’s Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center alongside the planes and jet engines the base currently works on every day.
The MQ-1 Predator and the MQ-9 Reaper, commonly referred to as “the world’s deadliest drone,” have been flying reconnaissance and information gathering missions for years, but are also equipped to deal deadly force when necessary.