Oklahoma had just what drone maker neededPublished: Wednesday, January 31, 2018 By: Oklahoma Editorial Board Source: NewsOK
During an interview last week, U.S. Rep. Steve Russell recalled his initial conversations about Oklahoma with representatives of a California company that was looking to expand.
“It's not that they had a bad opinion of Oklahoma, they just had no opinion of Oklahoma,” Russell, R-Choctaw, told The Oklahoman's editorial board. “I'm like, ‘The things you're trying to do we are tailor-made for.'”
The company, Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, ultimately decided Russell and other Oklahoma emissaries were correct. Last week, Kratos announced it will be moving at least 350 employees and part of its engineering, design and manufacturing operations to Oklahoma City.
Kratos makes jet-powered drones that can be used for military missile tests and other purposes. The president of the company's unmanned systems division, Steve Fendley, explained one use this way — an F-22 pilot can fly to a spot, then deploy a Kratos drone to travel farther “without having to threaten himself.”